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Theoretical Approches to Participatory Communication - Discourse and Power in Development: Michael Foucault and the Relevance of His Work to the Third World
by Arturo Escobar

Extract from introduction: For Escobar, prospects for participation, or indeed anything ele in the Third World, depend in large part on the power-knowledge discourse that comprises development. In this chapter he illustrates the relevance of Foucault's work to development studies. (...) Escobar sketches the general relevance of a discourse critique. He describes specific ways in which normalizing tendencies contribute to the domination of the Third World, and he explores implications of Foucault's view of power for strategies of resistance. On this latter subject. he focuses on the insurrection of subjugated knowledges, and the development of counter discourses. It is through the development of such counter discourses that subjugated peoples can rely on their own indigenous knowledge to create discursive forms of participatory practice.

Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay: 37 pages
Publisher: Hampton Press, Inc. (1999)
Location: Cresskill, NJ, USA
Language: English
ISBN: 1-57273-170-2

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