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Theoretical Approaches to Participatory Communication - The Importance of Sensitivity to Culture in Development Work
by Kate White

Kate White introduces the terrain of participation by addresseing the discourse of development generally, using concepts from deconstructionism, Foucault, Gramsci, and others. Focusing on Oxfam's work in Africa, White explores continuing evidence of paternalism in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that ostensibly endeavor to facilitate participation. She addresses the fact that participation assumes a number of forms, and she takes care in particular to differentiate more authentic forms of participation from those forms that use participation as a rubric under which to continue traditional, top-down development work.

Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay: 33 pages
Publisher: Hampton Press, Inc. (1999)
Location: Cresskill, NJ, USA
Language: English
ISBN: 1-57273-170-2

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