Where Culture Meets Development: Perspectives of Development Professionals in the Participatory Era

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Where Culture Meets Development: Perspectives of Development Professionals in the Participatory Era

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dc.contributor.advisor Hayden, Craig en_US
dc.contributor.author Maedel, Ouida Fredessa en_US
dc.contributor.other Chin, Christine en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-22T15:01:16Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-22T15:01:16Z
dc.date.created 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-08-22
dc.identifier.other Maedel_american_0008N_10165 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1961/11073
dc.description Degree awarded: M.A. School of International Service. American University en_US
dc.description.abstract Conventional development practices, designed to promote modernization and economic integration, gave way to ideologies of participatory development in the 1990s. While participatory development, in theory, privileges the desires, and strategies of communities in the global South, and reflects local cultural practices, its success is limited. This thesis considers the perspectives of development professionals, and addresses the following questions: Given lessons learned from the failures of structural adjustment and other conventional practices, what barriers prevent development professionals from working with communities effectively in the participatory era? How do development professionals find meaning in their work, in spite of conflict and failure? Findings suggest that the interests of donors and employers, and a "professional culture" constrains practitioners, to the point that it is not possible for project beneficiaries to participate significantly. Fully aware of the problems of structure and agency pervading the field, practitioners adapt or leave, implying that there is little space for innovation in development institutions and organizations. en_US
dc.format.extent 103 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher American University en_US
dc.subject International relations en_US
dc.subject.other development en_US
dc.subject.other participatory development en_US
dc.title Where Culture Meets Development: Perspectives of Development Professionals in the Participatory Era en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US


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