Date of Award

1-1-2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Walter La Mendola

Second Advisor

Jean East

Keywords

Agency and Structure, Collaboration, Critical Realism, Danermark, Margaret Archer, Social Work Research

Abstract

This study utilized the ontological and epistemological foundations of critical realism posed by Margaret Archer (2000) to deepen social work's understanding of collaboration. Through the use of Danermark et al.'s (2002) stages of explanatory research based on critical realism, the author found that agential and structural interactions of the Colorado Community Organizing Collaborative emerged. These findings illustrate that critical realism can be used in social work research to broaden the discipline's perception of human and environment. Archer's (2000) grounding of agency in three orders of reality, that practice is pivotal and morphogenesis is transformative aids in rediscovering how structure constrains or enables collaborative emergence.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Shawna Marie Margesson

File size

132 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Social work, Social research

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