Theories of Engagement

As mentioned in relation to theory in general, some writers have criticised the lack of theory underpinning engagement, which in turn creates difficulty in assessing its effectiveness.   However, in this author’s opinion, it is questionable as to whether a single theory of engagement is possible because of the variety of purposes for which engagement can be intended. As we have argued elsewhere (see Purpose), there are a number of legitimate reasons for pursuing engagement, each of which imply a different process with a different set of people and may also possess a different theoretical rationale relating to different aspects of the research programme itself and the socio-political dynamics of the environment in which it is operating.