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The sharpening poverty contradictions and their links to a larger governance reality is the theme of this book. Enhanced understanding of the security and human rights situation in South Asia has also led to identification of alternative possibilities for innovative policy at both the micro and macro levels. Action research, which provides the material basis for formulating sustainable policy, differentiates this work from conventional development thinking and action. This material basis is provided by learning from the survival struggles of the poor themselves and new social movements in South Asia, and not from a priori theorizing and received wisdom from distant contexts. The book identifies critical elements in a more holistic interdisciplinary and analytical methodology. Another methodological innovation reflected in this work is the dialogical ...

Some Conceptual and Methodological Issues
Some conceptual and methodological issues
Revisiting Participatory Development

I think the readers will agree that in bringing out this book, Dr. Ponna Wignaraja and his colleagues in the United Nations University South Asian Perspectives Project have made a valuable contribution to both development thinking and action. This is also dissent in the best sense of the word—and we need this kind of dissent now at this crisis of development paradigms, and indeed of development itself, if we are to move forward. In the current reign of dogmatism, this is a welcome voice. We need more than ever the undogmatic imaginative dissent from received wisdom, and the new directions. (Singer 1991)

The distinctive aspect of the South Asian experience relates to social movements and ...

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