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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 ...

Knowledge, Power and Action: The Role of Participatory Action Research
Knowledge, power and action: The role of participatory action research

The gap between the world of knowledge and the world of action, although perennial, is probably widest in the area of development. In no other field is there such a sharp divergence between rational statements about what is objectively possible to achieve, about the direction in which development changes should take place and the real-life processes that criss-cross the lines of development and non-development, change and status quo. Although, paradoxically, it is in the area of development that the justification of knowledge is often sought through action. While the codified knowledge about development seems to have increased a great deal, the reality of under-development of the ...

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