Working from the Ground Up and Participatory Action Research: An old urban neighbourhood in Hong Kong

K. K. Fung, Y. C. Chan, S. L. Hung*

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Abstract

This article presents a community-based action research project in a low-income neighborhood in Hong Kong that adopted the Working from the Ground Up (WFGU) model. In the context of the neoliberal turn, the WFGU approach reminds researchers and practitioners to begin with the disadvantaged groups’ perceptions of the neighborhood and priorities for changes. The WFGU and action research process involved four phases: observation, reflection, planning, and actions. The four-year action research project indicates the potential of promoting the participation of tenants of sub-divided units (SDUs), a type of sub-standard housing in Hong Kong. The SDU tenants used Photovoice in community assessment. They critically assessed the causes of neighborhood issues and were committed to making changes collectively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-81
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Community Practice
Volume31
Issue number1
Early online date23 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

User-Defined Keywords

  • Community participation
  • Hong kong
  • action research
  • private housing
  • tenants

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