Recognition-based Action Research. Inspired by third generation critical theory and dialectic relationship theory

Poul Nørgård Dahl, LISE Billund

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In action research the quality of the interpersonal relationship between the researcher and the practioners is significant, as it affects which knowledge about the problem explored it is possible to obtain, just as the problem itself affects how that relationship evolves. The problem and the interpersonal relationship are thus dialectically connected. Therefore, the action researcher must have a dual focus concerned with generating knowledge and development in both areas. With that in mind, this article develops Recognition-based Action Research, where Axel Honneth's critical, sociological perspective on society is combined with Anne-Lise Løvlie Schibbye's dialectical relationship perspective on interpersonal relationships: with both perspectives grounded in Georg W.F Hegel’s thoughts
on recognition.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
JournalInternational Journal of Action Research
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)245-266
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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