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Myth of Community: Gender issues in participatory development, The
When a process is described as 'participatory', most people assume that this then includes everyone's opinions, ideas or needs. Yet only in very rare cases will a participatory discussion or planning process fully represent the diversity of gender, age, class, religion, and ethnicity of the community in question. This book aims to encourage more critical reflection on, and above all improved practice, regarding the integration of an understanding of gender issues into participatory development. It challenges the myth of community cohesion that continues to permeate much supposedly participatory work. The contributions will discuss how participatory approaches have, and have not, dealt with gender, and how gender studies deal, and do not deal, with participatory development. The book comprises theoretical reflections, practical experiences and institutional examples from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe, covering a wide range of sectors.