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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 2 RRA and the analysis of difference

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 2 RRA and the analysis of difference Alice Welbourn Introduction fieldworkers have worked exclusive ly with village women2, the older male workers have There is a deeply ingrained implicit worked exclusively with old village men and assumption amongst many development the younger male workers with young village workers that rural communities are fairly men. All have conducted parallel exercises and enquiries and have produced similar - but homogeneous groups of people, who have contrasting - sets of results. But what is the similar outlooks, problems and needs. It is also relevance of this to development? assumed that female -headed households and people with disabilities are even poorer and more vulnerable than others and are in need of The setting special help. Most rural communities are made up of people Neither of these statements is necessarily true 1. connected through kinship, patron-client and Rural communities are rarely homogeneous other close social, economic and political ties. and the poorest do not always have the same Within each community there are biological characteristics. RRA methods can help us to differences of age and sex; and these are recognise these fallacies. combined with and contribute to socially defined, ...

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