Achieving socially inclusive practice: analysing power dynamics in a participatory approach to service development

Pollock,S and Taket,A 2014, Achieving socially inclusive practice: analysing power dynamics in a participatory approach to service development, International journal of interdisciplinary organizational studies, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 1-11.

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Title Achieving socially inclusive practice: analysing power dynamics in a participatory approach to service development
Author(s) Pollock,S
Taket,AORCID iD for Taket,A
Journal name International journal of interdisciplinary organizational studies
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Champaign, Illinois
Publication date 2014-12-01
ISSN 2324-7649
Keyword(s) Community services
Discourse analysis
Participatory evaluation
Social inclusion
Summary The paper is concerned with what works and why in relation to socially inclusive practice in diverse community services settings. Drawing on the findings from a research study involving a participatory evaluation and service development project in a large community services organisation in Melbourne, Australia, the paper asserts that organisations can become more inclusive by paying attention to the ways in which they perpetuate existing oppression and by intentionally challenging associated limiting power/knowledge formations. The study was situated in rights-based approaches to health and social development and drew on Foucauldian conceptualisations of power that see the point of operation of power as the point of resistance, and therefore containing the possibility for change. The researchers worked in three diverse service contexts: children and families experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, and older people with a history of homelessness and exclusion. The ongoing analysis of the power relations between and within the different stakeholder groups was important in ensuring that the development of the process did not reinscribe oppression and marginalisation. Within the growing body of work that theorises participatory and inclusive practices, the application of a Foucauldian framework offers new insights for anti-oppressive practice in the context of service development.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940117 Structure
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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