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Participatory Development and Its Emergence in the Fields of Community and International Development


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Participatory Development and Its Emergence in the Fields of Community and International Development

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dc.contributor.author Ben-Meir, Yossef
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-09T22:32:47Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-09T22:32:47Z
dc.date.issued 2009-07-09T22:32:47Z
dc.date.submitted May 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/9361
dc.description.abstract Since World War II, participatory development (PD), part of the alternative development movement, has evolved from a fringe approach to meeting basic human needs, to a globally recognized paradigm that is informing the strategic decisions regarding community and international development by governments and multi-lateral and indigenous NGOs, as well as management practices in the private sector. This is a study of 1) the evolution of this phenomenon since the 1940s in the context of historical events and dominant theories that inform most development (modernization-globalization and dependency-world-system), and 2) PD itself, including its basic features, methods, case examples, and roots in academic schools, related social movements, and theoretical and philosophical traditions. In the course of the analysis, developmental concepts related to PD are explored and defined, including: community, development, community development, capacity-building, project, decentralization, civil society, empowerment, self-reliance, and sustainable development. There are two important contributions to the field of development that this dissertation study makes. First, by explaining PD and its related concepts, an alternative-participatory development model is constructed that shows their inter-relationships within a social system. And second, a foundation is established to build PD theory by way of relating clear explanations of PD – its essential components and related concepts – to broad social theories that can reveal in greater scope consequences of PD in society. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject community development en_US
dc.subject participatory development en_US
dc.subject sustainable development en_US
dc.subject decentralization en_US
dc.subject social theory en_US
dc.subject empowerment en_US
dc.subject self-reliance en_US
dc.subject capacity-building en_US
dc.subject bottom-up en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Economic development projects--Citizen participation
dc.subject.lcsh Rural development projects--Citizen participation
dc.subject.lcsh Community development--Citizen participation
dc.title Participatory Development and Its Emergence in the Fields of Community and International Development en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Sociology en_US
dc.description.advisor Huaco, George
dc.description.committee-member Coughlin, Richard
dc.description.committee-member Tiano, Susan
dc.description.committee-member Stringer, Ernie

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