ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Understanding Participation

Many of the arguments made in favour of participation do not capture the reality of the dynamics of community participation, as they exclude the inherent hierarchies, power differentials and socio-economic disparities in local communities. Privileging the local in policy formulations without understanding this important characteristic of communities could mean the sanctioning of differences of money and social power, which in turn could mean the exclusion of those who do not have such power.

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