Community-based interagency collaboration: A poststructural interruption of critical practices1

Colleen Capper, Sandi Hanson, Rebecca Ropers Huilman

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine one community-based, interagency policy effort from two contrasting perspectives: critical theory (modernist) and postmodernist. To illustrate this juxtaposition we explored neighbourhood resident participation in community-based interagency collaboration within the context of decentralization. Using qualitative methodology, we observed team meetings and interviewed participants. While community-based interagency collaboration could be considered an 'empowering' strategy for community residents, from poststructural perspectives it could be a way to maintain the status quo. Through the analysis, we unpack this dichotomy of critical versus poststructural perspectives - mpowerment versus the reinforcement of existing power relationships - by suggesting that poststructural perspectives of power can flow between residents and agency team members. We deconstruct the assumption that such a policy initiative is either empowering or constraining by suggesting it could be both for all participants involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-351
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Education Policy
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

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