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From fights for land to mutualistic collaborations between academia and social agents

Martinez Carrillo, Hobeth and Camprubí, Berta (2023) From fights for land to mutualistic collaborations between academia and social agents. AcPrac Case Study (6). International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Identification Number: 10.21953/lse.suyeeeuvfv1e


Drawing on our experience working with social movements struggling for state recognition of territorial rights across countries in Latin American, we argue that there are at least three essential aspects for conceptualising fair and effective collaborations between academia and practitioners; first is the capacity to cultivate nurturing relationships, where agents openly discuss their collaboration interests and aims, while genuinely helping each other achieve them (what we call ‘mutualism’). Second is observing the context and identifying the role of each agent within the broader ecosystem of relationships in which any collaboration takes place. This is essential to spatially and temporally locate the collaboration (in its broader network and as part of a longer process that goes beyond its timeline). This process entails being frank about the possibilities and limits of collaboration as well. The third aspect is to destabilise the westernised hierarchy in knowledge production, by treating practitioners’ knowledge on equal footing. This in turn provides opportunities for fruitful theoretical developments. Keeping these three elements in mind can help give rise to collaborations that last longer, prove more generative for those involved, and effectively challenge the inequalities that pervade in knowledge production.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2023 09:57
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:35

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