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Participation: The New Tyranny?

Edited By: Bill Cooke and Uma Kothari

207 pages, no illustrations

Zed Books

Paperback | Feb 2001 | #116901 | ISBN: 1856497941
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Hardback | Feb 2001 | #116900 | ISBN: 1856497933
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Shows how participatory development can lead to the unjust and illegitimate exercise of power, offering a challenge to the advocates of participatory development, both practitioners and theorists, to reassess their own role in promoting practices which are at best naïve about questions of power, and at worst serve to reinforce existing inequalities.

'A timely critique of the participation discourse and expose of the seductive arts of official incorporation. Essential reading for all those studying and practising international development as well as social policy nearer home.' - Geoff Wood, Professor of International Development and Director of the Institute for International Policy Analysis at the University of Bath
'This volume unmasks the moral tyranny imposed through the language of participation which has come to dominate the discourse of 'devspeak'. In exploring participatory practices from several points of view -- social psychology, sociology of management, Goffman's analysis of social performance, Foucauldian analysis of discourses and their power - it shows how radical and democratic language may be co-opted with the aim of bringing people's views and expectations into line with the plans devised, with their participation, by their betters. Makes a vital contribution to the sociology of development.' - Gavin Willia


The case for participation as tyranny, Bill Cooke and Uma Kothari; "people's knowledge", participation and patronage - operations and representations in rural development, David Mosse; institutions, agency and the limitations of participatory approaches to development, Frances Cleaver; pluralism, participation and power - joint forest management in India, Nicholas Hildyard, Pandurang Hedge, Paul Wolvekamp, Somasekhare Reddy; participatory development at the world bank - the primacy of process, Paul Francis; beyond the formulaic - process and practice in South Asian NGOs, John Hailey; the social-psychological limits of participation, Bill Cooke; insights into participation from critical management and labour process perspectives, Harry Taylor; participatory development - power, knowledge and social control, Uma Kothari; beyond participation - strategies for deeper empowerment, Giles Mohan; participation as spiritual duty - empowerment as secular subjection, Heiko Henkel, Roderick Stirrat.

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