Opening Up Knowledge Production Through Participatory Research?: Agricultural Research for Vietnam's Northern Uplands

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Peter Lang, 2009 - Social Science - 280 pages
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Participatory approaches to project planning and implementation have been hotly debated in development cooperation and policy circles since the 1980s. This book contributes to the debate by focusing on international, development-oriented agricultural research. Based on fieldwork in rural northern Vietnam and interviews with researchers in Vietnam and Germany, the book analyzes the manifold meanings associated with the concept of participatory research, and the hurdles participatory research must overcome in practice. It demonstrates the need to recognize multiple meanings of 'participation' in a multicultural actor constellation, the importance of political and research institutions in governing researchers' work, and the potential of participatory methods to contribute to ethically and methodologically sound research practice.
 

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Contents

Introduction
17
Theory and concepts
27
List of figures
30
PRS Poverty Reduction Strategy
44
Methodology research process and data
55
Organizational embeddedness of the author in the Uplands Program
60
ST Science and Technology
67
doi moi twenty years on
77
Researchers Discourses of Participation in Agricultural Research
151
Typology of researchers
152
What is the scope for Participation?
165
Types of agricultural research projects in Yen Chau
168
The ruralurban and uplandslowlands divides
195
Local state organizations meet
211
NGO NonGovernmental Organization
217
Reducing hierarchies in communication
225

CMEA Council for Mutual Economic Assistance
80
Communist Party notice board Hanoi 2005
90
Vietnams northern uplands in historic perspective and as application
95
Map of Yen Chau district
108
VHW Village Health Worker
113
participation in the Vietnamese
125
MOSTE Ministry of Science Technology and Environment
135
Types of organizations in the national agricultural research system
137
NMR Northern Mountain Region
147
Conclusions
229
Summaries
237
PAR participatory action research
238
References
249
PTD Participatory Technology Development
250
Annex
269
List of boxes
272
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About the author (2009)

The Author: Jakob Rupert Friederichsen conducted his Ph.D. research in Vietnam as part of The Uplands Program (Sonderforschungsbereich 308) 'Research into sustainable land use and rural development in mountainous regions of Southeast Asia', and graduated from the University of Hohenheim in 2008. He has taught development geography at the University of Sheffield and environmental management at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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