Community-based participatory research and the co-construction of community knowledge

Karie Jo Peralta, John W. Murphy

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From a community-based perspective, all that is known about a community is obtained through intersubjective engagement. But how, exactly, is knowledge socially constructed and revealed in community-based projects? This article addresses this question by focusing on the use of narratives to understand a community. First, the importance of stories for gaining insight into a community’s reality is presented, followed by an examination of how this information should be accessed and engaged. The principles of Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) that are consistent with this narrative approach are then discussed. Next, reflexivity is described to be the key for reading properly a community’s story. Finally, the conclusion points to the cooperative component of knowledge creation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2
Pages (from-to)1713-1726
Number of pages14
JournalQualitative Report
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2016


  • Community
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Reflexivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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