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Participatory Politics of Partnership: Video Workshops on Domestic Violence in Cambodia

Participatory Politics of Partnership: Video Workshops on Domestic Violence in Cambodia
Participatory Politics of Partnership: Video Workshops on Domestic Violence in Cambodia
In this paper we share insights from four participatory video workshops held in Cambodia as part of a three-year project on domestic violence and legal reform under the ESRC/DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research scheme. The participatory politics that emerged from the workshops organised in partnership with a Cambodian gender-oriented non-governmental organisation (NGO) and an independent translator/co-facilitator forms the crux of our discussion. We define ‘participatory politics of partnership’ as the multi-layered power relations between community groups, gatekeepers and researchers whose respective agency is mediated by the political economy the research emerges from, and takes place within. Highlighting discrepancies between ‘gold standard’ participatory ideals and practice, we argue through three vignettes that greater acknowledgement is needed of intermediaries whose statuses and behaviours, like those of researchers, heavily mediate community engagement in participatory action research.
participatory video, action research, power, NGO, translator, cambodia
0004-0894
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Garrett, Bradley
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Brickell, Katherine
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Garrett, Bradley
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Brickell, Katherine
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Garrett, Bradley and Brickell, Katherine (2015) Participatory Politics of Partnership: Video Workshops on Domestic Violence in Cambodia. Area, 1-7. (doi:10.1111/area.12149).

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In this paper we share insights from four participatory video workshops held in Cambodia as part of a three-year project on domestic violence and legal reform under the ESRC/DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research scheme. The participatory politics that emerged from the workshops organised in partnership with a Cambodian gender-oriented non-governmental organisation (NGO) and an independent translator/co-facilitator forms the crux of our discussion. We define ‘participatory politics of partnership’ as the multi-layered power relations between community groups, gatekeepers and researchers whose respective agency is mediated by the political economy the research emerges from, and takes place within. Highlighting discrepancies between ‘gold standard’ participatory ideals and practice, we argue through three vignettes that greater acknowledgement is needed of intermediaries whose statuses and behaviours, like those of researchers, heavily mediate community engagement in participatory action research.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 22 January 2015
Keywords: participatory video, action research, power, NGO, translator, cambodia
Organisations: Geography & Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 373680
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/373680
ISSN: 0004-0894
PURE UUID: f385705d-5352-4c62-9a81-bd8ee5826eb3
ORCID for Bradley Garrett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0414-3175

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Date deposited: 28 Jan 2015 14:39
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 00:36

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Author: Bradley Garrett ORCID iD
Author: Katherine Brickell

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