From popular science to public spheres

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In this chapter Kemmis explains the shift in his thinking from the notion of popular science to Habermas's notion of public spheres. He identifies ten key features of public spheres and argues that collaborative Particpatory Action Research (PAR) projects frequently have these features. He relates these features to the Yirrkala community PAR project involving the Yolngu Indigenous people in northern Australia, an example which shows that when people are committed to working together in critical and self-critical ways over long periods they need to be open-eyed and open-minded if they are to grasp and transform their social realities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAction research in education and contexts of poverty
Subtitle of host publicationfestschrift for Orlando Fals Borda
Place of PublicationBogota, Colombia
PublisherUniversidad de la Salle
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9789589290781
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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