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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 16 PRA: a new literacy?


Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 16 PRA: a new literacy? Anna Robinson-Pant Introduction 1993), is characteristic of recent work by anthropologists. Their detailed, in-depth accounts of actual practice have generated PRA has evolved by "trying out practices, concepts that can provide an interesting finding what works and what does not and framework for analysing how PRA `works' in then asking why" (Chambers, 1994). Occasionally PRA practitioners have also different cultural settings: in particular, the asked distinction between "how appropriate is this particular "autonomous" and method in this cultural and social context?". "ideological" models of literacy (Street, 1993). Gerard Gill, for example, points out in RRA The notion of the `Great Divide' (Goody, Notes 18 that "the concept of a pie or cake cut 1968) suggests that it is literacy that into wedge-shaped servings is quite alien" to many people in rural areas of the developing distinguishes `modern' from `primitive' world. Introducing Western visual materials societies. This has come to be known as the raises questions about whether "images are "autonomous" model of literacy. Literacy, for Goody, is a recognisable, evident and culturally "neutral technology" (Street, 1993) and is independent of the social, cultural acceptable to people living in non-literate ...

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