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Representation: Who speaks for Whom in Citizen-Driven Research?

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Wollenberg, Eva; Uluk, Asung
Conference: The Commons in an Age of Global Transition: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities, the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Conf. Date: August 9-13
Date: 2004
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1903
Sector: Social Organization
Information & Knowledge
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): IASC
political behavior
participatory development
social choice theory
action research
Abstract: From the Introduction: "...In this paper, we examine how these dual functions of representativeness and representation occur in practice. Using examples from action research in Malinau, Indonesia, we describe the local political culture of representation and the challenges this poses for citizen-driven research. We then describe different efforts to facilitate improved representation and representativeness and their outcomes. We reflect critically on our own role as facilitators in bringing western scientific, participatory development and democratic assumptions into these processes. We conclude with some principles for guiding groups in their choice of representatives and their responsibilities."

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