The Public Science Project

Participatory research for a more just world


A short list of readings on PAR and critical theory is listed below. For more readings and resources, click here.

Anzaldua, G. (1987). Borderlands/La Frontera. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books.

Appadurai, A. (2006). The right to research. Globalization, Societies and Education, 4 (2), 167-177.

Benish-Weisman, M. & Torre, M.E. (2010). PAR on the couch: Looking at participatory action research from a clinical perspective.
International Review of Qualitative Research.

Cahill, C., Arrenas, E., Contreras, J., Na, J., Rios-Moore, I. & Threatts, T. (2004). Speaking back: Womyn of Color using participatory action research to challenge and complicate representations of young women. In Harris, A. (Ed.)., All About the Girl: Culture, Power, and Identity. New York: Routledge.

Cisneros, S. (1991) Four skinny trees. The House on Mango Street. New York: Vintage Books.

Crenshaw, K. (1991). Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color. Stanford Law Review, 43 (6), 1241-1299.

Fine, M., Ayala, J., & Zaal, M. (2012). Public science and participatory policy development: Reclaiming policy as a democratic project. Journal of Education Policy, 0(0), 1-8.

Fine, M., Torre, M. (2006). Intimate details: Participatory action research in prison. Action Research, 4 (3), 253-269.

Fine, M. et al. (2004). Participatory Action Research: From Within and Beyond Prison Bars. In Weis, L. & Fine, M. Working Method: Research and Social Justice. New York: Routledge.

Fine, M. (1994). Working the hyphens: Reinventing the Self and Other in Qualitative Research. In Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. Handbook of Qualitative Research. Newbury Park, CA: SAGE.

Fox, M. & Fine, M. (In press). Circulating critical research: Reflections on performance and moving inquiry into action. In (Cannella, G. & Steinberg, S., Eds.) Critical qualitative research reader. NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Harding, S. (1993) Rethinking standpoint epistemology: What is “strong objectivity”? In Alcoff, L. & Potter, E. (Eds.) Feminist Epistemologies. New York: Routledge.

Hooks, B. (2004). Choosing the Margin as a Space of Radical Openness.In Harding, S. The Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader. Intellectual and Political Controversies. New York & London: Routledge.

Lewin, K. (1946). Action Research and Minority Problems. Journal of Social Issues, 2 (4), 34 – 46.

Lorde, A. (1984). The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. In Sister Outsider. Berkeley, California: Crossing Press.

Lykes, M., & Mallona, A. (2008). Towards Transformational Liberation: Participatory and Action Research and Praxis. In Reason, P., & Bradbury, H. The SAGE Handbook of Action Research. Participative Inquiry and Practice. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications

Martin-Baro, I. (1994). Writing for a Liberation Psychology. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.

Mills, C. W. (1959). The Sociological Imagination. London: Oxford University Press.

Sherif, M. (1968). If The Social Scientist Is To Be More Than A Mere Technician….Journal of Social Issues, XXIV (1), 41-61.

Smith, L. (1999). Decolonizing Methodologies. Research and Indigenous Peoples. London & New York: Zed Books Ltd.

Torre, M., Fine, M., Stoudt, B. & Fox, M. (2010). Critical participatory action research as public science. In (Camic, P. & Cooper, H. Eds.) Handbook of research methods in psychology. American Psychology Association.

Torre, M. (2009). Participatory Action Research and Critical Race Theory: Fueling Spaces for Nos-otras to Research. Urban Review, 41, 106-120.

Tuck, E. with Allen, J. Bacha, M., Morales, A., Quinter, S., Thompson, J. & Tuck, M. (2008). PAR praxes for now and future change. In Cammarota, J. & Fine, M. (Eds.) Revolutionizing Education: Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion. New York: Routledge.

Tuck, E. with Fine, M. (2007) Inner Angles: A range of ethical responses to/with Indigenous and decolonizing theories. In N. Denzin & M. Giardina (Eds.). Ethical Futures in Qualitative Research: Decolonizing the Politics of Knowledge. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Tukey, J. W. (1968) Analyzing data: Sanctification or detective work. American Psychologist, 83-91.

Tukey, J. W. (1980). We need both exploratory and confirmatory. The American Statistician, 34(1),