Action and knowledge: breaking the monopoly with by Orlando Fals-Borda, Mohammad Anisur Rahman

By Orlando Fals-Borda, Mohammad Anisur Rahman

Motion and data attracts on two decades of expertise with the concepts and philosophy of Participatory Action-Research (PAR). PAR is an cutting edge method of financial and social switch, which matches past traditional institutional limitations in improvement via actively concerning the folks in producing wisdom approximately their very own situation and the way it may be replaced. PAR calls for a powerful dedication by way of partaking social scientists to deprofessionalize their services and proportion it with the folk, whereas spotting that the groups at once concerned have the severe voice in selecting the course and objectives of switch as topics instead of items. PAR has its origins within the paintings of 3rd international social scientists greater than 3 a long time in the past as they introduced new how you can empower the oppressed through aiding them to obtain trustworthy wisdom on which to build countervailing energy. It has given that unfold in the course of the global, as mirrored during this booklet with contributions from Asia, Africa Latin the USA and North the United States within the kind of case reports of exact adventure with the PAR technique. PAR isn't static and stuck yet dynamic and enduring, because the case experiences and the theoretical chapters that precede and stick to the case reports amply show.

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As such, they would lead the struggle for the right to quality electric service at reasonable and consistent rates. They added several variations to the previous years' demands: an end to irregularities in billing, cancellation of accumulated debts and the right to electricity at prices in line with the population's means. The Committee felt the people had to strengthen their negotiating capacity. Two things were needed. First, evidence in support of the people's points of view had to be gathered and organized into sufficiently tight arguments to defeat the computer.

The last two decades have witnessed land struggles, civic and popular movements, strikes for better wages, land invasions to build housing, attempts to win greater representation (as blacks) in the municipal governments and even efforts to defend the right to a clean environment. Mobilization of the region's communities, supported by the participatory actionresearch initiative described here, unfolded in this context. The Electricity Problem and the Need for Research The community of Villarrica has had problems with the Together Against the Computer 41 electric service, practically since it was installed in the early 1960s.

To this end they drew on and promoted community events and other forums for discussion and made use of small community-based newspapers published in the area. Meetings and assemblies for the discussion and generation of new knowledge were also promoted. The Methodology: Some Considerations In contrast to conventional research exercises, which use different theoretical frameworks to generate knowledge that reflects as faithfully as possible the reality to be interpreted, the participatory action-research exercise undertaken by the Villarrica Users Committee (with the support of some outside collaborators) was aimed at generating knowledge that would also point to the proper course of action.

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