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Make good tracks

Reciprocity practices in social research

Future post that will consider:

- As researchers we take understanding and knowledge from the subjects, environments, communities we study

- How can we give effectively, affectively, appropriately, respectfully?

- How do we create deep and meaningful relationships in more radical ways? Offer to do the work. Fix that generator! (from Dr. Susan Dion).

- How do we participate in the rubs between decision-makers and those affected by decisions in a way that leads to positive and transformational change?

- Part of my responsibility as a researcher is to find the practices that 'nurture my knowledge-making soul'. (from Dr. Carla Rice)

For more on 'making good tracks':

Kindon, S. (2003). Participatory video in geographic research: a feminist practice of looking?. Area, 35: 142-153.

Rice, C., Chandler, E., Fisher, L., Tidgwell, T., Changfoot, N., Mündel, I., & Dion, S. (2018). Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life, Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice, University of Guelph,Ontario, Canada, 2018. Accessed December 9, 2020 from

Rice, C., Cook, K., & Bailey, K. A. (2020). Difference-attuned witnessing: Risks and potentialities of arts-based research. Feminism & Psychology.

Walker, R. (2016). Incorporating reciprocity into the research process

Advice for giving back to study participants and research assistants. Accessed December 9, 2020 from


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