Walking the talk? A micro-sociological approach to the co-production of knowledge and power in action research

Birgitte Ravn Olesen, Helle Merete Nordentoft

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This article is a contribution to the ongoing discussion in reflexive action research about how the ´co´ in co-production can be understood in the nexus of epistemology and methodology. Applying a Foucauldian and micro-sociological perspective we explore the ways in which knowledge and power relations are intertwined and negotiated during a workshop in a psychiatric setting. We argue that this perspective supplements other theoretical perspectives on power as a dynamic, interchangeable force in human relations and has the potential to unpack the workings of power. Our analysis shows that knowledge and power are intimately related and intertwined, and that the way in which we chose to orchestrate the workshop bears consequences for the generated context and production of knowledge. Orchestration can be seen as an exertion of power by which certain voices are in- or excluded. Therefore, we argue that researchers have an ethical obligation to reflect on tensions in the co-production of knowledge.
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Action Research
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)67-94
StatusUdgivet - 2013

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