Participatory communication is widely used and advocated for in the 21st century development agenda. This thesis focuses on a contemporary reappraisal of the participatory turn in development practices - particularly, the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) method popularized in the 90s. The objective of this thesis is to explore the emergence of PRA, examine how it has been conceived theoretically in development literature, and take inventory of its many field methods and practices. This thesis will analyze and examine PRA at a micro level focusing on individual and educational communities, but also taking into consideration that development and change can also take place at the macro level within national governments and global institutions. The thesis inventories the development of the best practices of PRA to explore the possibilities of expanding effective development communication methods. After examining the literature of the historical development of PRA, the thesis presents field research undertaken in Tamil Nadu, India, specifically a waste management educational programme designed around “participatory methods for social justice.” This research is imperative in the field of development communications as there is not much existing research on the relevance of PRA for waste management. The case study portion of the thesis focuses on the operative and declared PRA frameworks within the NGO ‘WasteLess” and, in particular, their participatory framework of development communications within the kNOw PLASTICS Educational Programme in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India. Five approaches are used and analyzed: Participatory Rural Appraisal as a development communications method, participant observation, discourse analysis, thematic analysis and in-depth interviews to analyze PRA as applied to the WasteLess kNOw PLASTICS educational programme.
|Commitee:||Doyle, Waddick , Payne, Robert|
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 81/3(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Communication, Land Use Planning, Area Planning and Development, Environmental engineering|
|Keywords:||Development Communications, Participatory Rural Appraisal, Social justice, Waste management|
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