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Sex-workers talking and acting for labour rights: the interview in an action research setting

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ana Lopes



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Berghahn Books, 2015.

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This chapter draws upon an action-research project in which the ethnographer became a participant and facilitator of a collective effort that led to the unionisation of sex workers in the UK. It is within this context that I will explore the way in which the interview in action- research settings can be used as a tool for action planning and action generation, as well as ‘authentic’ data generation. As I turned from ethnographer to action researcher, I became a co-producer or co-generator of knowledge that is relevant for action. I ask, in this chapter, to what extent can the agenda of the interview be appropriated by those being interviewed, as a tool to critically understand structures of power and seek social change?

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lopes A

Editor(s): Smith, K; Staples, J; Rapport, N

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Extraordinary Encounters: Authenticity and the Interview

Year: 2015

Pages: 157-174

Print publication date: 01/03/2015

Acceptance date: 15/01/2015

Publisher: Berghahn Books

Place Published: Oxford


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ISBN: 9781782385899