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Going Public

The Art of Participatory Practice

Going Public responds to the urgent need to expand current thinking on what it means to co-create and to actively involve the public in research activities. Drawing on conversations with over thirty practitioners across multiple cultures and disciplines, this book examines the ways in which oral historians, media producers, and theatre artists use art, stories, and participatory practices to engage creatively with their publics. It offers insights into concerns related to voice, appropriation, privilege, and the ethics of participation, and it reveals that the shift towards participatory research and creative practices requires a commitment to asking tough questions about oneself and the ways that people’s stories are used.

372 pages

Table of Contents


Part 1: Field Notes

1 Rethinking Engagement

In Conversation with jesikah maria ross

2 It’s Complicated

In Conversation with Lisa Ndejuru

3 Going beyond the “Juicy Quotes Syndrome”

In Conversation with Ronit Avni

Part 2: Sites of Struggle

4 People First and First Peoples

In Conversation with the Storyweaving Project

5 At Home, in Bed, and in the Streets

In Conversation with Kelly Matheson

6 Listening to the Post-Industrial City

In Conversation with Toby Butler


Appendix: Practitioners Interviewed

Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index

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