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Participation: The New Tyranny? Paperback – 23 Feb 2001
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'A timely critique of the participation discourse and expose of the seductive arts of official incorporation. Essential reading for all those studying and practising international development as well as social policy nearer home.' Geoff Wood, University of Bath 'Unmasks the moral tyranny imposed through the language of participation which has come to dominate the discourse of 'devspeak'. In exploring participatory practices from several points of view - social psychology, sociology of management, Goffman's analysis of social performance, Foucauldian analysis of discourses and their power - it shows how radical and democratic language may be co-opted with the aim of bringing people's views and expectations into line with the plans devised, with their participation, by their betters. Makes a vital contribution to the sociology of development.' Gavin Williams, University of Oxford
This study shows how particpatory development can lead to the unjust and illegitimate exercise of power. The book addresses the gulf between the almost universally fashionable rhetoric of participation, empowerment and appropriate development, and what actually happens in practice.See all Product description
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11 May 2004
A very useful review of participatory techniques and their dangers which need to be understood in practice to make the most of participation that is meaningful. The analysis tends to be general and not specific to particular nuances between methods in a single type of approach, eg: different approaches in community sketch mapping. But as a critque it is very useful because it helps you ask the right questions. It analyses participation from various disciplines, which provides a clarity not usually given. Useful for theoretical review and developing practice.