This is a book review of Researching With: A Decolonizing Approach to Community-Based Action Research by Jessica Smartt Gullion and Abigail Tilton. The authors are both university professors and Deans who respectively specialize in Sociology and Social Work. The book uses qualitative research as it seeks to merge academia with the professional world. Researching With teaches academics to come alongside their study participants and apply research in professional contexts. I offered a critical analysis of Researching With by identifying themes and concepts that will benefit both expert and beginner researchers. The book will help readers frame research questions and understand the role of oppression in research.


research, qualitative, community-based, colonialism, oppression

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Wesley Cohoon is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Texas Woman’s University. He has earned a Doctor of Ministry from Hardin-Simmons University, where his dissertation title was “A Spiritual Formation Model for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.” He earned a Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Science in Religion from Liberty University. His research interests include religion, disability, criminology, pastoral care, and chaplaincy. Professionally, Wesley has worked as a chaplain and pastor for over eleven years. Please direct correspondence to wcohoon@twu.edu.

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