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Playing with power : a strengths-based approach to local economic development in the Philippines

Cahill, Amanda

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This thesis explores the contested nature of power relations in community development. It draws on an ethnographic account of the Jagna Community Partnering Project (JCPP) implemented on the island province of Bohol in the Philippines to stimulate local economic development. The project applied post-development principles using participatory, strengths-based and action research approaches that built on informal economic practices to establish community enterprises. Through this process, the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCahill, Amanda
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-22T00:03:53Z
dc.date.available2018-11-22T00:03:53Z
dc.date.copyright2010
dc.identifier.otherb2937728
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/149699
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the contested nature of power relations in community development. It draws on an ethnographic account of the Jagna Community Partnering Project (JCPP) implemented on the island province of Bohol in the Philippines to stimulate local economic development. The project applied post-development principles using participatory, strengths-based and action research approaches that built on informal economic practices to establish community enterprises. Through this process, the JCPP disrupted the hegemony of local development discourses, catalysing profound changes in the lives of project participants who moved from perceiving themselves as passive and dependent recipients of development to self-reliant and active decision-makers. This thesis examines the varied, complex and sometimes hidden ways participants exercised the power available to them in both formal and informal arenas to create alternative development pathways aligned with their own interests and agendas. Drawing attention to the multiple and often contradictory ways in which different development actors are simultaneously enabled and constrained in any given moment, this place-based analysis offers a nuanced conceptualisation of power as more dynamic than general accounts of Philippine politics often suggest. Findings raise questions about the assumption commonly held by policy makers that capitalist economic development will inevitably expand the power and influence of marginalised groups and show how informal economic practices can provide a platform for individual and collective action.
dc.format.extentxviii, 236 leaves.
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.rightsAuthor retains copyright
dc.subject.lccHC460.E44 C34 2010
dc.subject.lcshJagna Community Partnering Project
dc.subject.lcshEconomic development projects Philippines Bohol Island
dc.subject.lcshCommunity development Philippines Bohol Island
dc.subject.lcshBohol Island (Philippines) Politics and government
dc.titlePlaying with power : a strengths-based approach to local economic development in the Philippines
dc.typeThesis (PhD)
local.description.notesThesis (Ph.D.)--Australian National University
dc.date.issued2010
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationAustralian National University.
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5d51541974cff
dc.date.updated2018-11-20T01:51:22Z
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