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

By Orlando Fals-Borda, Mohammad Anisur Rahman

Motion and information attracts on two decades of expertise with the thoughts and philosophy of Participatory Action-Research (PAR). PAR is an cutting edge method of monetary and social swap, which works past ordinary institutional obstacles in improvement by way of actively concerning the folk in producing wisdom approximately their very own situation and the way it may be replaced. PAR calls for a robust dedication through engaging 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 choosing the path and pursuits of switch as matters 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 by means of assisting them to obtain trustworthy wisdom on which to build countervailing strength. It has due to the fact that unfold during the international, as mirrored during this booklet with contributions from Asia, Africa Latin the United States and North the US within the type of case experiences of exact adventure with the PAR method. PAR isn't static and stuck yet dynamic and enduring, because the case stories and the theoretical chapters that precede and keep on with the case experiences amply show.

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We want this book to be also a step in this anti-monopolistic direction. Even though it is framed in intellectual terms so as to stimulate a dialogue between activists and scholars, we have identified ways to reach our peoples as soon as possible with these ideas and messages in their own languages, and without unnecessary impediments to their understanding, following our methodology of communication and popular education. We hope, therefore, that our book will be both a practical stimulus to social change through participatory action and a contribution to the growing literature on PAR, furthering its conceptual development.

With such dissociation prevailing in any society, the need is to generate social processes which would promote the possibility of an organic leadership ("organic vanguard") to emerge--a leadership which would organically, and not merely intellectually, belong to and represent the interests of significant productive forces in the society. PAR, recognizing the working people as a truly productive class whose initiatives are being thwarted by the domination of non-productive forces, is an attempt to generate such processes.

As utilization of authentic PAR on a grand scale and of the principles of countervailing people's power often invites repression by vested interests and governments, this is still another symptom to watch. It is important to be conscious of the fact that the described cooptation process is now full-fledged. Theoretical and methodological convergence with PAR has also advanced, sometimes without complete realization of the merger of conceptions and procedures (see Chapter 11 ). These signs have multiple consequences for PAR.

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