Revolutions in Development Inquiry

Revolutions in Development Inquiry

by Robert Chambers
     
 

ISBN-10: 1844076253

ISBN-13: 9781844076253

Pub. Date: 10/28/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Robert Chambers returns with a new book that reviews, together for the first time, some of the revolutionary changes in the methodologies and methods of development inquiry that have occurred in the past forty years, and reflects on their transformative potential for the future.

This book breaks new ground by describing and analysing the evolution of a sequence

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Robert Chambers returns with a new book that reviews, together for the first time, some of the revolutionary changes in the methodologies and methods of development inquiry that have occurred in the past forty years, and reflects on their transformative potential for the future.

This book breaks new ground by describing and analysing the evolution of a sequence of approaches. Starting with the dinosaurs of large-scale multi-subject questionnaire surveys, and the biased visits and perceptions of rural development tourism and urban-based professionals, there follows a look at the explosive proliferation of methodologies and methods of recent years. These include rapid rural appraisal (RRA) participatory rural appraisal (PRA) and dramatic developments in the still largely unrecognized fields of participatory numbers and statistics, and of participatory mapping and GIS. Chambers shows how these can empower local people and provide rigorous and valid substitutes for some more traditional methods of inquiry. Also presented is a repertoire for offsetting the biases of the urban trap, which has become so serious for officials and aid agency staff. Importantly, Chambers points out that we are now in a different space, methodologically, from a few years ago. He makes the case that participatory methodologies, evolved through creative and eclectic pluralism, can be a transformative wave for the future as drivers of personal, professional and institutional change. This book is for all who are concerned with development, regardless of profession, discipline or organization, who seek to be abreast of the revolutionary breakthroughs in approaches and methods of inquiry of recent years, and what Chambers calls their 'unlimited potentials'. Published with IDS.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844076253
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes

Ch. 1 The Provocation: Dinosaurs 1

Ch. 2 Rural Development Tourism: Poverty Unperceived 25

Ch. 3 Microenvironments: Observing the Unobserved 49

Ch. 4 Rapid Rural Appraisal: Origins, Rationale and Repertoire 67

Ch. 5 PRA: Pathways, Practice and Principles 85

Ch. 6 Who Counts? Participation and Numbers 105

Ch. 7 Whose Space? Mapping, Power and Ethics 133

Ch. 8 Traps and Liberations 151

Ch. 9 Participatory Methodologies: Drivers for Change 167

References 193

Index 223

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