Communicating Development with Communities

Communicating Development with Communities

by Linje Manyozo


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Communicating Development with Communities by Linje Manyozo

Development theory and practice are often taught in a manner that strips them of their historical context and obscures alternative intellectual assumptions and critical frameworks. This prevents students from acquiring a holistic understanding of the world and consequently, when it comes to development practice, most lack the skills to live and engage with people. It has become crucial to properly consider what it means to conceive and implement participatory development out in the field and not just in the boardroom.

Building on the work of Robert Chambers and Arturo Escobar, Communicating Development with Communities is an empirically grounded critical reflection on how the development industry defines, imagines and constructs development at the implementation level. Unpacking the dominant syntax in the theory and practice of development, the book advocates a move towards relational and indigenous models of living that celebrate local ontologies, spirituality, economies of solidarity and community-ness. It investigates how subaltern voices are produced and appropriated, and how well-meaning experts can easily become oppressors. The book propounds a pedagogy of listening as a pathway that offers a space for interest groups to collaboratively curate meaningful development with and alongside communities.

This is a valuable resource for academics and practitioners in the fields of Development Studies, Communication for Development, Communication for Social Change, Social Anthropology, Economic Development and Public Policy.

Foreword by Robin Mansell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138746046
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Series: Rethinking Development Series
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Linje Manyozo is a Senior Lecturer in Communication for Development, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Australia. He is also an Honorary Research Associate of the Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa.

Table of Contents

Foreword Robin Mansell

Part I: Deconstruction

Chapter 1 Spectacle of Development

Chapter 2 Language of Oppression

Part II: Reconstruction

Chapter 3 Capturing Subaltern Voices

Chapter 4 Living with People

Chapter 5 Encountering Poverty

Chapter 6 Pedagogy of Listening

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