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Chapter 18: Poverty, Empowerment and Grass-Roots Democracy: Defining Participatory Approaches

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Poverty, Empowerment and Grass-Roots Democracy: Defining Participatory Approaches
Poverty, empowerment and grass-roots democracy: Defining participatory approaches
SitaVenkateswar

‘Words do not signify things but intimate relations.’

Martin Buber, I and Thou.

‘I wanted to develop a style of writing which would be consonant with lived experience, in all its variety and ambiguity.’

Michael Jackson, At Home in the World.

And thus begins this paper, which is not really a paper as much as an experiment in form. Through this writing, I seek a mode of expression that is appropriate to the relationships that we are attempting to forge while delineating the process of engaging in this research and writing about it. The inspiration for this endeavour comes from Bochner and Ellis (2002) innovative text, which instructs and illustrates these entwined processes. While ...

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