• ZONMW
  • € 393.053

In the context of broader developments with respect to urban health, this project aims to theorize, to empirically investigate and to stimulate the dynamics of citizen participation, intersectoral policies and social resilience in three closely related disadvantaged neighborhoods in Maastricht Northwest.

We will conduct an in-depth ethnographic participatory research. This means that the research focuses on everyday real life practices of citizen participation, intersectoral political and professional strategies, and promotion of social resilience and health.

An important characteristic of an ethnographic approach is that it takes the symbolic-narrative meanings of life (of health, neighborhood life, participation, professional work etc.) very seriously. This implies that we do not consider the neighborhood as only a geographical zone, but also as cultural-infrastructural zone, with a specific biography and many narratives that mediate current relationships and activities.

Many studies in LSES communities make clear that researchers struggle with problems with ‘reach’. An ethnographic participatory approach may help to overcome problems of 'reach'.

Social Resilience and Positive Health in Postwar Disadvantaged Neighborhoods: An Ethnographic Participatory action Researc