Power and Participatory Development: Theory and Practice

Power and Participatory Development: Theory and Practice

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By (author) Nici Nelson, Edited by Susan Wright

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  • Publisher: ITDG Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 151mm x 230mm x 15mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 31 December 1995
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1853392413
  • ISBN 13: 9781853392412
  • Illustrations note: photographs, figures, tables, notes
  • Sales rank: 1,441,352

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This book explores the power dimensions of participatory development and research, and examines what shifts in power within communities and institutions are needed for participatory ideas to be effective.

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Nici Nelson, PhD, is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She combines interest in action anthropology with her academic interest in gender, urbanization and development in Africa, with a specific focus on East Africa and the Horn. She carries out short term consultancies with various non-government organizations, such as ERA and ACORD.

Table of contents

Notes on contributors vii; Preface xi; PART ONE: INTRODUCTION; 1. Participation and power; NICI NELSON (Goldsmiths College, London) and; SUSAN WRIGHT (University of Sussex) 1; PART TWO: THEORETICAL PROGRESS; 2. Participation and power: a transformative feminist; research perspective; JOKE SCHRUVERS (University of Amsterdam) 19; 3. Paradigm shifts and the practice of participatory; research and development; ROBERT CHAMBERS (University of Sussex) 30; 4. Participatory research and participant observation: two; incompatible approaches; SUSAN WRIGHT (University of Sussex); and Nici NELSON (Goldsmiths College London) 43; PART THREE: POWER AND METHODS OF; PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH; 5. Theatre for development: listening to the community; ALEX MAVROCORDATOS and PATHIKA MARTIN (SOS Sahel) 61; 6. A multi-method approach to the study of homelessness; FATIMA AKILU (University of Reading) 72; 7. Farmers as analysts, facilitators and decision-makers; PARMESH SHAH (University of Sussex) 83; 8. Who speaks for whom? Outsiders re-present women pioneers; of the forests of Mexico; JANET TOWNSEND (University of Durham) 95; 9. Participatory research on non-European immigration to Italy; VANESSA MAHER (University of Turin) 105; PART FOUR: 'COMMUNITY' AND 'USER' PARTICIPATION: NEGOTIATING LOCAL AND BUREAUCRATIC POWER; 10. Power to the people: rethinking community development; DONALD CURTIS (University of Birmingham) 115; 11. Shifting power, sharing power: issues from user-group; forestry in Nepal; JANE GRONOW (University of Reading) 125; 12. Empowerment and community care for older people; KEVIN F. MEETHAN (University of Humberside) 133; 13. Local institutions and power: the history and practice of; community management of tank irrigation systems in; south India; DAVID MOSSE (University College, Swansea) 144; PART FIVE: 'PARTICIPATION' IN THE LANGUAGE AND; PRACTICE OF GOVERNMENTAL AND; NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS; 14. Institutionalizing adaptive planning and local level concerns: Looking to the future; JULES N. PRETTY and IAN SCOONES (International Institute for; Environment and Development, London) 157; 15. Participatory ideology and practical development: agency; control in a fisheries project, Kariba Lake; KARIM HUSSEIN (University of Sussex) 170; 16. Non-governmental organizations and participatory; development: the concept in theory versus the concept in practice; JACQUELINE LANE (Charities Aid Foundation) 181; 17. Popular participation in aid-assisted projects: why more; in theory than practice? ROSALIND EYBEN (Overseas Development Administration); and SARAH LADBURY (Consultant) 192; Notes 201; References 207