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Jul 7 12

Participatory Methodology and Symbolic Power

by dvossebrecher

The following is an input presentation which I prepared for the Symposium ‘Critical Methodology and Community Psychology’ at the 4th International Conference on Community Psychology (4ICCP) in Barcelona on June 21st to 23rd, 2012. The Symposium was arranged and conveyed by David Fryer, with Brona Nic Giolla Easpaig, Dolores S. Miranda Gierbolini, Carlos Rivera, and me as participants.

Please start the presentation (flash film) by clicking here or on the picture below.

Teaser Presentation: Participatory Methodology...








… Though I got much of the ideas from reflecting critically about participation in evaluations, I believe it fits with other fields of participatory knowledge production, such as action research and community-based participatory research, too.

Pierre Bourdieu’s concepts of habitus, cultural and other forms of capital, and of symbolic power are helpful in illuminating very implicit, incorporated/embodied foundations, on which hidden forms of power and ‘non-violent violence’ build, and which are obstacles to facilitating participation.


Jun 27 12

Organisation – Music – Innovation

by dvossebrecher

Here is the presentation from the innovative workshop which I held together with Wolfgang Stark at June 22, 2012 at the IV International Conference of Community Psychology (4ICCP) in Barcelona. The original workshop title is:

“Tuning-in to Innovative Communities . Music and Patterns as a Tool to Understand and to Empower the Improvisational Field in Social Systems”

Please click on the picture below to view the presentation (flash version; opens in a new browser window).


Feb 21 12

Partizipationsbegriff und implizite Machtformen in Evaluationen

by dvossebrecher

Im April halte ich einen Vortrag zum Thema „Partizipationsbegriff und implizite Machtformen“ auf der Frühjahrstagung des Arbeitskreises ‘Methoden in der Evaluation’ der Gesellschaft für Evaluation (DeGEval). Über die Einladung der Organisator/innen in Person von AK-Sprecher Udo Kelle freue ich mich sehr.

Unter dem Thema „’Best Practice’ zwischen wissenschaftlichen Standards und politischer Einflussnahme“ findet die Frühjahrstagung am 13.-14. April 2012 in Braunschweig statt.Logo der DeGEval

- Ankündigung der Tagung: hier
- Programm: hier
- Selbstdarstellung des AK Methoden: hier


Sep 27 11

Views of power & critical remarks on ›participation‹

by dvossebrecher

BourdieuThis is a short paper which I prepared for the workshop: ›Critical Unconference Forum‹ at the 8th European Conference on Community Psychology in York (UK) in Sept 2011.

> Link to the paper (on

Summarising abstract: Understanding ‘participation’ is tied strongly to understanding power and its practical application. The text briefly examines three views on power by Byung-Chul Han, Steven Lukes and Pierre Bourdieu, read more…

Sep 25 11

Fußball, Muster und organisationale Improvisation

by dvossebrecher

komplexe Situationen in Organisationen, die Herausforderung mangelnder Planbarkeit, Handeln angesichts des Unerwarteten, Improvisation und (minimale) Muster bzw. Patterns

Zur Abschluss-Tagung des MICC Projekts (link) habe ich einen kleinen Beitrag mit dem Titel „Fußball, Muster und organisationale Improvisation“ gehalten. Er veranschaulicht Improvisation in Organisationen und auf der Basis von Patterns (Mustern) read more…