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RRA Notes 18: General Issue

David Mosse et al

Journal, 75 pages

This edition of RRA Notes has thoughtful and practical papers from around the world, including:

A paper that draws on experiences in India to describe how discussions of kinship mapping can help researchers to understand local social identities in a community.

An article providing a light look at ethnocentric biases in research methods, focusing on pie diagrams. The author argues that the concept of a pie cut into wedge-shaped servings is alien to some societies and describes an approach to measurement that is both indigenous, easier to understand and more accurate than pie diagrams.

A report on the use of community self-surveys in West Java, where community members used questionnaires and mapping as the basis for the improvement and construction of sanitation facilities.

A paper on n the use of RRA in two Australian rural communities.

A report on informal survey in Chad, and how on how the principles of RRA can be used beyond the community level.

A paper reflecting on the advantages and disadvantages of conducting PRAs in larger and smaller villages

An article on the use of wealth ranking to elicit a stratification of households in two villages in Northeastern Zimbabwe.

A paper reporting on wealth ranking in the Eastern Hills of Nepal to understand better the diversity of agricultural households.

A report on FARMI's experiences on wealth ranking in the Philippines.

The final paper describes two matrix ranking exercises held with villagers in Tamil Nadu in order to help them understand what varietal characteristics of rice and banana to focus on.

The edition concludes with the regular Tips for Trainers and Endnotes sections.

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