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Action and Knowledge

Edited By Orlando Fals-Borda
ISBN: 9781853390982
The book draws on twenty years of experience with the techniques and philosophy of PAR using case studies from Asia, Africa, Latin America and North America to show how widespread this approach to development has become since it emerged as a new way to empower the oppressed two decades ago.

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  • Synopsis
    Participatory Action-Research, or PAR, is an innovative and radical approach to economic and social change that recognizes how important it is for people who are involved to have the critical voice in determining the direction and goals of change. This demands a commitment from social scientists and policy makers to deprofessionalize and share their expertise, and to listen to the feelings and needs of the common people, particularly those forgotten and left voiceless by the dominant institutions of society. Action and Knowledge draws on twenty years of experience with the techniques and philosophy of PAR using case studies from Asia, Africa, Latin America and North America to show how widespread this approach to development has become since it emerged as a new way to empower the oppressed two decades ago. It shows how PAR can successfully bring about change by actively involving people in generating knowledge about their own condition and how it can best be transformed. Action and Knowledge gives a constructive message to social action groups, grassroots organizers and government officials in both industrialized countries and the Third World on ways to stimulate social and economic change, and will also lead to further dialogue with scholars, teachers and students.
  • Table of Contents
    Preface vii
    PARTI: INTRODUCTION
    1. Some Basic Ingredients, Orlando Fals-Borda 3
    2. The Theoretical Standpoint of PAR,
    Muhammad Anisur Rahman 13
    3. A Self-Review of PAR, Muhammad Anisur
    Rahman and Orlando Fals-Borda 24
    PART II: VIVENCIAS
    4. Together Against the Computer: PAR and the
    Struggle of Afro-Colombians for Public Service,
    Gustavo I. de Roux 37
    5. Young Laborers in Bogota: Breaking Authoritarian
    Ramparts, Maria Cristina Salazar 54
    6. Action and Participatory Research: A Case of
    Peasant Organization, Vera Gianotten and
    Ton de Wit 64
    7. Glimpses of the "Other Africa," Muhammad
    Anisur Rahman 84
    8. People's Power in Zimbabwe, Sithembiso Nyoni 109
    vi Action and Knowledge
    9. Toward a Knowledge Democracy: Viewpoints on
    Participatory Research in North America,
    JohnGaventa 121
    PARTm: STEPS IN PRAXIOLOGY
    10. Stimulation of Self-Reliant Initiatives by
    Sensitized Agents: Some Lessons from Practice,
    S. Tilakaratna 135
    11. Remaking Knowledge, Orlando Fals-Borda 146
    References and Further Reading 167
    About the Co-authors 181
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    Editor Orlando Fals-Borda
    Number of Pages 192
    Format Paperback / softback
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