Phonetic research and knowledge production: described through a community health perspective.

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Title: Phonetic research and knowledge production – described through a community health perspective.
There is a gap between research and practice within the field of health promotion. At international level and under the auspices of WHO, there have been fundamental developments of concepts, strategies and policies aimed at promoting health and reducing health inequality. In spite of practical lessons learnt and evidence of the effects of a community health approach internationally, this approach is still in its infancy in Denmark. Reducing the gap requires both research and praxis development.
The practical application of phonetic research is described through a health project "Equal access to health" in a deprived community in Copenhagen, Denmark. The aim of using phronetic research was partly to develop health promotion strategies that were applicable in relation to a community health perspective, and partly on knowledge development based on experiences gained from both research and practice.
Unfolding Aristotle's concept of Phronesis involves two rather different phonetic researchers, the Norwegian philosopher and organizational action researcher Olav Eikeland and the Danish Foucault-inspired phronetic planning researcher Bent Flyvbjerg. The phonetic research methodology in the case study involves both research approaches.
In general, Phronetic research focuses on a value-based form of research. A new interpretation of phronesis can, according to Flyvbjerg, reintroduce social sciences in its classical role as a practical, intellectual activity that focuses on addressing the problems and opportunities we encounter as people and as society. Phronesis is particularly important because it is the intellectual activity in which instrumental rationality is governed by value nationality, and because such governance is essential to the well-being of citizens in a society. Eikelands research approach has shown that Phronetic action research can generate change and modify institutional judgement without an external implementation process, but through internal collective reflection and immanent critique. Eikeland points at an epistemological turn leading to phonetic action within both the field of practice and the field of research.
The results of the case study shows that phronetic action research can contribute knowledge development, create alternative healthcare strategies and can put existing health promotion research into a broader perspective with greater emphasis on values and learning.

Original languageEnglish
Publication date24 Sep 2018
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sep 2018
Event10th IUHPE European Conference on Health Promotion and the International Forum for Health - Troindheim, Troindheim, Norway
Duration: 24 Sep 201826 Sep 2018


Conference10th IUHPE European Conference on Health Promotion and the International Forum for Health
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