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COMMUNITY - BASED PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH (CBPR) AS AN EMANCIPATORY PRAXIS: AFFIRMING MARGINALIZED VOICES AND PROMOTING AGENCY IN A COMMUNITY PROJECT IN STRAND, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

[Speaker] Bulbulia, Abdulsamed:1
[Co-author] Taliep, Naiema:2, Isobell, Deborah:1, Simmons, Candice:2, Lazarus, Sandy:2, Seedat, Mohammed:1
1:University of South Africa - Institute for Social and Health Sciences (South Africa(Republic of South Africa)), 2:Medical Research Council & UNISA Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit (VIPRU) (South Africa(Republic of South Africa))

Defining ourselves as socially engaged researchers, we will share our experiences of involvement in a collaborative participatory framed study, aimed at mobilizing spiritual capacities and religious assets to promote community safety and peace. We will specifically discuss the issues in designing, implementing and assessing the outcomes of a youth mentoring project that affirmed the enactment of positive masculinities as a mediating factor in the promotion of safety and peace.

The project as an enactment of CBPR highlights the importance of remaining vigilant to research that continue to be shaped by acquisitive intellectual traditions, governing social forces, exclusionary institutional policies, and constrained by intra-community dynamics. Community contestation centered on claims for representation and scarce resources require a re-think whether the principles of CBPR encapsulates the ideals of social justice, community ownership and autonomy. The presentation will invite discussion about the principles, meanings and challenges inherent to CBPR and the mentorship project
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