Date of Award
Walter LaMendola, Ph.D.
Jean East, Ph.D.
Agency and structure, Collaboration, Critical realism, Danermark, Margaret Archer, Social work research
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.
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Margesson, Shawna M., "The Colorado Community Organizing Collaborative: A Critical Realist Case Study" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 395.
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Shawna M. Margesson
Social work, Social research