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Whose Reality Counts?

By Robert Chambers
ISBN: 9781853393860
Development professionals now need new approaches and methods for interacting, learning and knowing. Through analysing experience - of past mistakes and myths, and of the continuing methodological revolution of PRA (participatory rural appraisal) - the author points towards solutions.
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  • Synopsis
    In this sequel to Rural Development: Putting the last first Robert Chambers argues that central issues in development have been overlooked, and that many past errors have flowed from domination by those with power. Through analysing experience - of past mistakes and myths, and of the continuing methodological revolution of PRA (participatory rural appraisal) - the author points towards solutions. In many countries, urban and rural people alike have shown an astonishing ability to express and analyse their local, complex and diverse realities which are often at odds with the top-down realities imposed by professionals. The author argues that personal, professional and institutional change is essential if the realities of the poor are to receive greater recognition. Whose Reality Counts? presents a radical challenge to all concerned with development, whether practitioners, researchers or policy-makers, in all organizations and disciplines, and at all levels from fieldworkers to the heads of agencies.This is a thought-provoking book and it would interest all those concerned with the realities of the poor in the developing world.
  • Table of Contents
    Abbreviations and Addresses
    Glossary of Meanings
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1 The Challenge to Change
    2 Normal Error
    3 Professional Realities
    4 The Transfer of Reality
    5 All Power Deceives
    6 Learning to Learn
    7 What Works and Why
    8 Poor People's Realities: Local, Complex, Diverse, Dynamic and Unpredictable
    9 The New High Ground
    10 Putting the First Last
    Postscript: Past and Future
    PRA Contacts and Sources
    Notes
    References
    Index
  • Endorsements
    ‘A gem ... Chambers’ analysis of events and attitudes is a sobering challenge to all professionals in development work.’ Journal for Farming Systems Research–Extension ‘Plenty of good quotes to liven up your next development discussion. ... Gives much food for thought, stimulating us to think not only about abstract institutional change but to start with change in ourselves.’ ILEIA Newsletter ‘Uncomfortable, sometimes funny, but essential reading.’ New Scientist
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    Author Robert Chambers
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    Number of Pages 320
    Format Paperback / softback
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