The critical communicative methodology has been developed by the Center of Research in Theories and Practices that Overcome Inequalities, CREA, as a research response to the dialogic turn of societies and sciences. It stresses that egalitarian dialogues between the scientific community and the lifeworld of the researched subjects are necessary to reach greater levels of social justice. For this dialogue to occur, the critical communicative methodology involves participants in all the stages, from the definition of the research questions until the interpretation and dissemination of results. In this article, we explain in depth the critical communicative methodology, its differences with other research approaches, the characteristics of the communicative organization of research studies, the communicative techniques for collecting empirical materials, and the communicative analysis. We also provide examples of the socio-political impact of Spanish and European research studies conducted with the critical communicative methodology to show the multiple ways through which dialogic research contributes to transform reality and improve the lives of the groups studied. The article is also a historical narrative that shows the ongoing development and impact of the critical communicative methodology over its now ten years of history.
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