Handbook of Research Methods in Diversity Management, Equality and Inclusion at Work
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Handbook of Research Methods in Diversity Management, Equality and Inclusion at Work

Edited by Lize A.E. Booysen, Regine Bendl and Judith K. Pringle

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) have become features of organizations as a result of both legal and societal advances, as well as neoliberal economic reasoning and considerations. Current research approaches frequently fall short of addressing the challenges faced in EDI research, and this benchmark Handbook brings up to date coverage of research methods in EDI, and advances the development of research in the field.
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Chapter 17: Participatory action research to support diversity and inclusion

Inge Bleijenbergh, Pleun van Arensbergen and Monic Lansu


This chapter discusses participatory action research (PAR) as an EDI research strategy, directed at improving the situation of less powerful groups by encouraging these groups to participate in the research process and thus to acquire knowledge, learn and emancipate in support of their inclusion in society. The authors describe three examples of PAR in different fields of diversity, showing different levels of ‘insider participation’ of researchers. The first is a case study on part-time workers in the Netherlands, where focus group interviews were used to involve part-time workers in analyzing hindrances and enablers in their careers. The second is an ethnographic field study, where the homecoming experience of African Americans in Ghana was examined by performing participant observation, actively involving insiders in this situation. The third is an intervention study aimed at supporting gender equality in academia, where group model building was used to involve all stakeholders, in understanding and addressing gender inequality in science.

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