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They show how people can position themselves as living contradictions, because they hold certain values while also experiencing the denial of these values. Some practitioner researchers continue to present their theories in a words-only propositional form, but others are now finding new creative ways of presenting their theories using multisensory forms of communication, such as pictures and graphics, and video and other electronic technology. Newer forms of technology are often able to communicate living experience more effectively than only linguistic forms.

We reject imperialism as a set of power relations that distorts the potentials of social formations for their own healthy evolution. Our aim is to promote the idea of postcolonial practices as dismantling the ideas and practices of the deliberate exclusion and alienation of persons through the application of categories such as colour, ethnicity, gender, or any other ‘alterity’ that may be drawn upon to justify colonization. These social values transform into pedagogical values, as we encourage others to interrogate their own assumptions, and the normative assumptions of their cultures, in their search for more inclusive and relational ways of living.

The debate about propositional and dialectical forms of theory has recently been further developed by analytical philosophers, working in a propositional tradition, who maintain that it is important to eliminate contradiction not only from thought, but also from forms of expression. On this view, the use of metaphor is suspect in the generation and testing of theory, and theory cannot be expressed in metaphorical forms such as poetry. qxd 32 2/6/2006 12:35 PM Page 32 Action Research:Living Theory such as Ilyenkov and Marcuse, challenged the assumptions of propositional philosophers by explaining that theory needs to be related to real-life experience.

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