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Theoretical Approaches to Participatory Communication - The Participatory Communication for Development Narrative: An Examination of Meta-Theoretic Assumtions and Their Impacts
by Brenda Dervin; Robert Huesca

Extract form introduction: Dervin and Huesca focus in assumptions that underlie most previous work on participation. they focus on the considerable literature on participatory communication literature that has emerged from Latin America. And they extract six meta-theoretic aspects of this literature for extended treatment. These concern authority, naturalism, cultural relativism, constructivism, postmodernism, and communitarianism. (...) They advocate research that is emancipatory, and orientated toward social change. The authors are sensitive to dual concerns of structure and process, and emphasize the importance of developing more knowledge about, and tools for, facilitating the latter. They find much to commend in communitarian writings as an embodiment of an approach that is socially constructivist and also oriented toward process.

Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay: 42 pages
Publisher: Hampton Press, Inc. (1999)
Location: Cresskill, NJ, USA
Language: English
ISBN: 1-57273-170-2

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