Links between Kropotkin's theory of ‘mutual aid’ and the values and practices of action research

Munn-Giddings, Carol (2001) Links between Kropotkin's theory of ‘mutual aid’ and the values and practices of action research. Educational Action Research. ISSN 1747-5074

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to outline some of the key ideas of Peter Kropotkin on Mutual Aid, which can be seen to have a resonance and relevance to the value base and practices of action research. Written in 1902 as a refutation of the appropriation of Darwin’s theories by social philosophers, Kropotkin’s work stresses the importance of cooperation, rather than competition amongst humans as the basis for a creative, supportive and developmental human community (society). His ideas can be seen to have a particular importance or relationship to the growing body of action research in the community health and social care fields, where Kropotkin’s theory can also be seen to support and explain the activity of the growing numbers of self help/mutual aid groups in both condition specific groups and in social/community concerns more generally.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Munn-Giddings, C., 2001. Links between Kropotkin's theory of ‘mutual aid’ and the values and practices of action research. Educational Action Research, 9(1), pp.149-158..
Faculty: Faculty of Health and Social Care (for research published prior to September 2011)
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2010 13:54
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:48
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/108176

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