Dialog Archive

Neighborhood Writing Alliance and the Journal of Ordinary Thought

We’ve recently been made aware of  a wonderful Chicago-based organization that brings together popular education theory with participant-based engagement in the arts. They work to envision, as their mission statement says, “a society where adults connect through creative communities in which writing, discussing, and publishing personal narrative leads to civic engagement, neighborhood vitality, and social transformation.”
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Participatory Research in Folklore?

Participatory research is typically defined as a form of research which combines three things: research, education, and action. Strongly linked to social action, participatory research is largely becoming the norm in many fields which folklorists sometimes see as competitors in the fight for departments and funding such as Women’s Studies, African American Studies, Pan-African Studies,
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