This article reports on a workshop that was held with frontline workers in Canada and discusses the role of anthropological sensibilities as they inform research, community engagement and policy outcomes. The workshop brought together frontline workers to discuss foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, a complex and lifelong disability – one that often raises social-justice concerns. The goal was to facilitate a space in which participants could share their experiences and potentially bring about better outcomes for people living with this disability. The article focuses on the workshop in relationship to anthropological sensibilities, anchored in lateral research practices, with attention to poly-vocality and relational ways of understanding, all of which inform our practice and potential impacts. This article critically analyses the role of applied research as it is informed by other disciplines and concurrently constrained by different forces.
Anthropological Sensibilities in Praxis at an FASD Workshop
Challenges and Concrete, Plain Language Strategies for Community Engagement in Research
Janet Page-Reeves and Lidia Regino
been told by other researchers that community-engaged research methods are not scientific, and she was once told that the approach she proposed for a project would produce ‘too much data’ – a situation that the researcher believed would be untenable
Bio-Sand Water Filters and Improved Wood Stoves in San Miguel Totonicapán
textiles produced by its members. This collaboration eventually shifted to community-engaged research dedicated to the sale of bio-sand drinking water filters and improved wood stoves. This article began with and draws on participant observation conducted