Pullen Sansfaçon, A., Ward, D., Robichaud, M.-J., Dumais-Michaud, A.-A. et Clegg, A. (2014). Working With Parents of Gender-Variant Children: Using Social Action as an Emancipatory Research Framework. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 25(3), 214-229.
This article examines and reflects on the methodology used in a research project that involved group work activities with parents of gender-variant children. Gender variance in children remains a topic people talk little about. Discussions about people who express themselves differently from the social norms attached to their birth sex, to a large extent, remain rarely discussed. They challenge a society organized largely on the basis of a binary understanding of identity, one that belongs to either male or female. This article discusses the concept of oppression as being central to the experiences of gender-variant children and young people and their parents, and it proposes social action research as a compatible and appropriate research framework for exploring their experiences. We describe the research process, identify its achievements, and explore issues that had to be confronted. We suggest that traditional research structures may benefit from being revisited in order to allow emancipatory research to more fully achieve its potential for both research and social action.