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Theoretical Approaches to Participatory Communication - Problems of Social Participation in "Latin" America in the Age of Globalization
Theoretical and Case-Based Considerations for Practioners and Researchers
by Daniel Mato

Abstract:
With emphasis on how the terms of a discourse define its terrain, Mato argues that analysis of local issues requires contextualization of local participation within a framework of regional, national, and even global processes. He notes the historical origins of what is now called Latin America, portraying the region as a geographical entity whose meaning and identity are contested among indigenous people, descendants of slaves imported from Africa, and descendants from European immigrants. He therefore employ the term Latin America (in qoutes)for its name. He points out that Latin America has a considerable record of experience with grassroots movements. He recounts a number of projects initiated by national governments, NGOs, regional entities, and local governments. From these he draws a number of observations, including overuse of out-of-the-box participation models, problems with project participation, and toher sometimes simultaneous national strategies associated with structural adjustment programs, and other problems. He concludes with a list of questions highlighting both the opportunities and problems associated with participatory communication work.

Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay: 25 pages
Publisher: Hampton Press, Inc. (1999)
Location: Cresskill, NJ, USA
Language: English
ISBN: 1-57273-170-2

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