International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

The Place of Stories in Development: Creating Spaces for Participation Through Narrative Analysis

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The stories that we hear as we conduct development research or implement development projects are often relegated to the margins of development studies. This article argues that these stories require our attention, for they are windows on to indigenous narratives of development and our placement in those narratives. Examining these stories as efforts to emplot experiences of development and encounters with development professionals within particular narratives enables us to better understand our own positionality in the communities in which we work, and therefore better understand the opportunities and challenges that our research/interventions present to the emergence of a truly participatory development. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

Publication Title

Development in Practice

Publication Date

4-1-2010

Volume

20

Issue

2

First Page

219

Last Page

226

ISSN

0961-4524

DOI

10.1080/09614520903564165

Keywords

methods, Sub-saharan Africa

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