The epistemology of participatory research relates knowledge to action, especially the production of knowledge and political action to redress inequality .This paper identifies characteristics of participatory research and describes three research efforts which exemplify them in varying degrees. The tenets of participatory research suggest guidelines for degrees, the conduct of inquiry for social scientists interested in the relation of research to increased political participation and improved human services.
Couto, Richard A.
"Participatory Research: Methodology and Critique,"
Clinical Sociology Review:
1, Article 9.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/csr/vol5/iss1/9