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

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2004
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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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IASC, representation, political behavior, participatory development, social choice theory, action research
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