• An analysis of participatory communication for development: insights from feminism and social construction

      Dare, Alexa MacKellar; Arundale, R.; Caulfield, R.; McWherter, P. (2001-05)
      This study examines participatory communication for development from a communication perspective. The purpose of this study is to elaborate on communication's central position in creating, maintaining and enacting participation. I use both a social construction perspective and a feminist perspective to analyze and elaborate on participatory communication for development. Implications for both the practice and the theory of participatory communication emerged from the analysis. Implications include the theoretical elaboration of dialogue, process, trust, and knowledge as informed by communication theory as well as practical suggestions for facilitation and responses to common critiques of participatory approaches to development. The feminist analysis highligths the need for further development of issues of gender in participation.