New Book: Participatory Partnerships for Social Action and Research

Posted by on November 21, 2010

We’re delighted to announce the publication of a book from the Faculty for the Engaged Campus team at Ohio University:

“Participatory Partnerships for Social Action and Research”

Coedited by Lynn M. Harter, Jane Hamel-Lambert, and Judith Millesen

Below is a description of the book and the table of contents.  For more information, visit:

Academic institutions are often disconnected from broader communities in spite of their reliance on social resources and subsidies for their existence.

Numerous organizations, including the Carnegie and Kellogg Foundations, have challenged academics to partner with community members to respond more adequately to social issues.

Participatory Partnerships for Social Action and Research offers highly reflexive accounts from faculty, administrators, students, and community members about the experience of engaged scholarshipits promise, politics, and thorny mesh of dilemmas.

Participatory Partnerships for Social Action and Research addresses contemporary issues such as environmental degradation, discrimination of gay and lesbian youth, disability rights, pediatric cancer care, HIV and AIDS, poverty and homelessness, suicide, the needs of at-risk students, and the organizing of early childhood mental health care.

Participatory Partnerships for Social Action and Research:

* features diverse research designs – including experiments, ethnographies, and video-diaries
* is organized into three general sections  each with an introduction and commentaries written by accomplished scholars
* is suitable for undergraduate/graduate courses on participatory research methods, to enlarge pre-existing research methods courses to include participatory approaches, and by learning communities offering professional development opportunities for faculty and community members
* features a flexible format – each chapter can be read independently

Table of Contents:


Remarks By Lynn M. Harter, Jane Hamel-Lambert, and Judith L. Millesen

Participatory Research: The Intermingling of Inquiry and Practice
(Introductory remarks by Judith L. Millesen)

Chapter 1 The Phillips Neighborhood Healthy Housing Collaborative: Forging a Path of Mutual Benefit, Social Change, and Transformation
By Cathy Jordan and Susan Gust

Chapter 2 Challenges of Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Research and Solve Environmental Health Problems
By Christina Hemphill Fuller, Ellin Reisner, Don Meglio, and Doug Brugge

Chapter 3 Finding Common Ground: University Research Guided by Community Needs for Elementary School-Aged Youth
By Julie Sarno Owens, Nina Andrews, James Collins, Jacqueline C. Griffeth, and Margaret A. Mahoney

Chapter 4 Creating Expressive and Vocational Opportunities for Individuals Marked as (Dis)abled
By Lynn M. Harter, Patty Mitchell, Stephanie Norander, Mark Leeman, and Margaret M. Quinlan

Chapter 5 Moving Between Inquiry and Action in Partnership Development and Participatory Research: Reflections on Pace and Power
By Jane Hamel-Lambert, Sherry Shamblin, John Borchard, and Margaret Hutzel

Chapter 6 A Community-Based Participatory Approach to Increase Mental Health Among Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS
By Tania B. Basta, Michael Reece, Enbal Shachman, and Gwen Davies

Commentary: Naming and Claiming Community-Based Participatory Research: What Is It and How Do We Know?
By Marlynn L. May

Knowing Differently: Aesthetic, Narrative, and Spiritual Frames
(Introductory remarks by Lindsey M. Rose and Lynn M. Harter)

Chapter 7 Adopting Narrative Sensibilities in the Service of Advancing Community-Based Participatory Research
By Lynn Harter, Anne Gerbensky-Kerber, and Spencer Patterson

Chapter 8 Youth-Led Participatory Action Research: Fostering Effective Youth-Adult Partnerships
By Laura J. Wernick, Michael R. Woodford, and Yoni (Jonathan) Siden

Chapter 9 Repositioning Subjects as Partners Through Video Diaries
By Lynn Harter and Casey Hayward

Chapter 10 GOOD JOB: Narrative Bridges to Employment Success for Homeless Workers and Their Bosses
By Mark Leeman and Keith Wasserman

Chapter 11 What I Learned by Going to Church in Detroit: A Reflective Essay
By Angela D. Dillard

Chapter 12 Faith Meets Scientific Inquiry: Partnering with Churches for Community-Based Participatory Research
By Doug Shamblin and Sherry Shamblin

Commentary: The Call to Illuminate Participatory Experiences via Spiritual, Aesthetic, and Narratives Lenses
By Patrice M. Buzzanell

Achieving Potential in Participatory Partnerships
(Introductory remarks by Jane Hamel-Lambert)

Chapter 13 Community-Engaged Scholarship Through Mutually Transformative Partnerships
By Jessica Katz Jameson, Patty H. Clayton, and Audrey J. Jaeger

Chapter 14 Community-Based Participatory Research and the Transformation of Community Organizations Research Capacities: A Case Study
By Marlynn L. May, Karen Jaynes Williams, and Elizabeth J. Peranteau

Chapter 15 Doing Community-Based Partnership Research in Online Communities
By Michelle Calka and Laura W. Black

Chapter 16 Interprofessional Scholarship, Service and Education: A Sustainable Model for Scholarship of Engagement
By Caroline Goulet, Joy Doll, Teresa M. Cochran, Gail M. Jensen, and Charlotte B. Royeen

Chapter 17 Strategies for Learning Participation in Community-Based Participatory Research Challenges: Prepare, Predict, Preempt, and Prevent Common Challenges While Ensuring Successful Participation
By Syed M. Ahmed, Melissa DeNomie, Staci Young, and Cheryl A. Maurana

Chapter 18 Perspectives on Partnership Evolution: From Passionate People to Committed Organizations
By George Hess, Gary Blank, Patti Clayton, John Connors, Kaytee Holcombe, Jamie Ramsey, Kathryn Reis, Chris Snow, Toddi Steelman, and Jacquelyn Wallace

Commentary: The Philosophy of Co-: Acting With to Maximize Potential in Participatory Partnerships
By Erika L. Kirby


Conclusion: Reflections on Participatory Journeys

Chapter 19 The Fragile Boundaries Between Empowerment and Exploitation: Reflections on our Journeys as Feminist Participatory Researchers
By Margaret M. Manoogian, Joan A. Jurich, and Leslie N. Richards

Chapter 20 A Community-Based Participatory Research Relationship Journey
By Karen L. Slovak and Steve C. Carrel

Chapter 21 Participatory Partnerships in Rural Nebraska: Finding Mutual Benefit for Communities and Scholarship
By James L. Leighter

Open-ending: A Letter to Readers
By Lynn M. Harter, Jane Hamel-Lambert, and Judith L. Millesen

The book was supported in part by Faculty for the Engaged Campus (FEC), a national initiative of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) in partnership with the University of Minnesota and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that aims to strengthen community-engaged career paths in the academy by developing innovative competency-based models of faculty development, facilitating peer review and dissemination of products of community-engaged scholarship, and supporting community-engaged faculty through the promotion and tenure process. FEC is funded by a comprehensive program grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) in the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more at

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