Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Participatory governance in a mainlander community in Roatán, Honduras: Structuring partnership discourse through performance
by Douglass, Mercedes C., M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2012, 157; 1531504
Abstract (Summary)

In this thesis, I provide an on the ground account of the challenges that residents of “developing” countries face in coordinating their actions with a variety of stakeholders with potentially conflicting needs, goals, and identifications. My central thesis is that verbal artistry plays a critical role in organizing partnership interactions. Importantly, however, through these performances, people orient to the democratic processes entailed in partnership in different ways. These differences may lead to more or less inclusive forms of interaction and decision-making. I argue that actors’ orientations to the democracy processes involved in partnership are often demonstrated indirectly through their orientations to their audience, the community created by and through their discourse, and the topic of discussion or deliberation. Through examples of interaction between various development partners, including community leaders, residents, and missionaries, I demonstrate how contextual and cultural factors contribute to the types of performances and responses that arise during partnership discourse within a particular geographic community, the colonia of Sandy Bay, in Roatán Honduras.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilce, James M.
Commitee: McGroarty, Mary, Vasquez, Miguel L.
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics, Cultural anthropology, Political science
Keywords: Discourse, Honduras, Participatory governance, Partnership, Roatan, Verbal artistry
Publication Number: 1531504
ISBN: 978-1-267-84006-6
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