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Power and Participatory Development: Theory and Practice

Edited By: S Wright and N Nelson

225 pages, B/w photos, figs

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Jan 1995 | #37215 | ISBN: 1853392413
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Examines all aspects of the theoretical basis of participatory development work, and demonstrates that these ideas are equally applicable in the North and the South. Many different case studies are given.


Part 1 Introduction, N. Nelson and S. Wright. Part 2 Theoretical progress: participation and power - a transformative feminist research perspective, J. Schrijvers; paradigm shifts and the practice of participatory research and development, R. Chambers; participatory research and participant observation, S. Wright and N. Nelson. Part 3 Participatory research techniques: theatres for development - listening to the community, A. Mavrocordatos and P. Martin; multi-method approach to the study of the homeless, F. Akilu; farmers as analysts, facilitators and decision-makers, P. Shah. Part 4 Shifting power - power negotiations between researcher and community - power hierarchies within communities: who speaks for whom? outsiders represent women pioneers of the forests of Mexico, J. Townsend; power to the people - rethinking community development, D. Curtis; shifting power, sharing power - issues from user group forestry in Nepal, J. Gronow; participatory research on non-European immigration to Italy, V. Maher; empowerment and community care for older people, K. Meethan. Part 5 Shifting power - outside institutions and the local community: local institutions and power - the history and practice of community management of tank irrigation systems in South India, D. Mosse; institutionalizing adaptive planning and local level concerns - looking to the future, J. Pretty and I. Scoones; participatory ideology and practical development - agency control in a fisheries project, Kariba Lake, K. Hussein; non-governmental organizations and participatory development - the concept in theory versus the concept in practice, J. Lane; popular participation in aid-assisted projects - why more in theory than in practice?, R. Eyben and S. Ladbury.

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