Anti-Oppressive Social Justice

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The readings in this week discuss the intrinsic and necessary link between research and social justice. The first reading outlines that steps and processes that are involved in becoming an anti-oppressive researcher. This initial reading discusses the steps and responsibilities that are necessary in order to comprehensively act as an anti-oppressive researcher. The main responsibility that an anti-oppressive researcher must take, is to be dedicated to upholding social justice principles. Within a research context, this means creating an environment where social justice and research can be used together to work towards social equality. The main idea evident throughout this reading, is that research can be used as a powerful tool to change unequal…show more content…
Furthermore, since anti-oppressive research is committed to the eradication of unequal power structures, the relationship between the researcher and the research participant is also grounded in principles of anti-oppressive practice. Within anti-oppressive research, there is the commitment to a transparent and open relationship with research participants, and the hierarchal relationship of researcher and participant is restructured within anti-oppressive practice. I find this particularly interesting, as social issues and unequal power structures cannot be resolved, if they are being replicated within the very research study that is meant to address it. Therefore, employing an anti-oppressive approach to research is the best way to ensure that research studies are comprehensive and fair towards research participants, and also ensures that the results of the research are used to create real social…show more content…
The one main points that I took away from both of these readings, was that research can be used to promote social change. I used to believe that the only real way to create social change was through protest and civilian demand, but I learned that research gives social movements the resources and information to comprehensively solve social issues. I also learned that if research employs an anti-oppressive approach that is focused on the reflexivity and openness with the movements and participants that it studies, then outcomes of the study, will be the most comprehensive and informed facts that can be used to create social change. Furthermore, I learned how research can be applied and linked to any of the social issues that exist within contemporary Canadian society, therefore research is an integral part of the fight towards social equality. For example, organizations like Black Lives Matter, would not be able to fully fight the fight against racial inequality, if they didn’t have all the facts on the
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