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Power over, power to, power with: shifting perceptions of power for local economic development in the Philippines

Cahill, Amanda

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Power has long been recognised as crucial to the sustainability of community development interventions; however, the way in which space affects power relations within such interventions has remained relatively under-theorised in the development literature. Many practitioners continue to regard power as located centrally and as embedded in particular institutions, networks, knowledge and resources. According to this logic, processes of empowerment involve the redistribution of these resources to...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCahill, Amanda
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:39:10Z
dc.identifier.issn1360-7456
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/36131
dc.description.abstractPower has long been recognised as crucial to the sustainability of community development interventions; however, the way in which space affects power relations within such interventions has remained relatively under-theorised in the development literature. Many practitioners continue to regard power as located centrally and as embedded in particular institutions, networks, knowledge and resources. According to this logic, processes of empowerment involve the redistribution of these resources to marginalised groups through their participation in development interventions such as microfinance and sustainable livelihood initiatives. The danger inherent in such development approaches is that they can discourage the potential for participants to use their own agency by overemphasising an existing lack of resources locally and inadvertently feeding a sense of dependency on formal development interventions initiated by external agencies. This paper suggests that a post-structural conceptualisation of power as dynamic, multiple and mediated at the local level offers a more productive starting point for thinking about approaches to empowerment. Drawing on data from an action research project designed to initiate community enterprises in a small rural municipality in the Philippines, I suggest how a post-structural approach to power can be enacted by building on the existing local resources and practices of everyday life.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceAsia Pacific Viewpoint
dc.subjectKeywords: community resource management; conceptual framework; conference proceeding; economic development; empowerment; marginalization; microfinance; participatory approach; power relations; rural area; rural economy; sustainable development; Asia; Eurasia; Phili Economic development; Empowerment; Livelihood; South-East Asia
dc.titlePower over, power to, power with: shifting perceptions of power for local economic development in the Philippines
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume49
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor140202 - Economic Development and Growth
local.identifier.absfor160401 - Economic Geography
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9008537xPUB132
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationCahill, Amanda, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage294
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage304
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1467-8373.2008.00378.x
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:45:50Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-55649103265
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