Participation: The New Tyranny?

Participation: The New Tyranny?


Edited by Bill Cooke, Edited by Uma Kothari, By (author) Bill Cooke, By (author) Uma Kothari


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  • Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 211mm x 15mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 23 June 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1856497941
  • ISBN 13: 9781856497947
  • Edition: 4
  • Edition statement: 4th
  • Illustrations note: figures, notes, bibliog , index
  • Sales rank: 170,380

Product description

This book shows how participatory government can lead to the unjust and illegitimate exercise of power. It addresses the gulf between the almost universally fashionable rhetoric of participation, promising empowerment and appropriate development. Looking at what actually happens when consultants and activists promote and practice participatory development, this book offers a sharp challenge to the advocates of participatory development. Some contributors look at particular examples of failed participatory practice; others present more conceptually-oriented analyses. Together they provide a new, rigorous, and provocative understanding of participatory development.

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Author information

Bill Cooke lectures in Human Resources Development at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester. Uma Kothari is a development consultant, and now teaches at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester.

Review quote

'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 Williams, University of Oxford

Table of contents

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.