Re-visioning action: Participatory action research and indigenous theories of change

Eve Tuck

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This article observes that participatory action research (PAR), by nature of being collaborative, necessitates making explicit theories of change that may have otherwise gone unseen or unexamined. The article explores the limits of the reform/revolution paradox on actions and theories of change in PAR. Citing examples from two recent youth PAR projects on educational issues, the author submits that when met with such a paradox, one can only move to a new vantage point. Four alternative vantage points, drawn from Indigenous epistemologies, are illustrated; they are sovereignty, contention, balance, and relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-65
Number of pages19
JournalUrban Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • Action
  • Balance
  • Epistemology
  • Indigenous
  • Participatory action research
  • Reform and revolution
  • Sovereignty
  • Theories of change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies


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