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Theoretical Approaches to Participatory Communication - Participatory Communication as Communicative Action
by Thomas L. Jacobson; Satish Kolluri

Abstract:
Extract from introduction: A substantive contribution to participation theory can be found at a micro-, intra-, and interpersonal scale, in Habermas' treatment of the ideal speech situation. Habermas' proposition of a fictive ideal speech situation is usually discussed as the basis for a theory of rationality. But it can be treated on its own terms as a theory of communication, and applied to specific real-life contexts. This is the subject of this chapter. Jacobson and Kolluri review Habermas' ideal speech situation with regard to its relevance for community participation processes. Then an agricultural program evaluation conducted in rural India is presented to illustrate the use of the ideal speech situation's validity claims in evaluating participatory processes.

Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay: 16 pages
Publisher: Hampton Press, Inc. (1999)
Location: Cresskill, NJ, USA
Language: English
ISBN: 1-57273-170-2

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