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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 4 Participatory genealogies


Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 4 Participatory genealogies Somesh Kumar and Vinay K. Srivastava Introduction names of people, their biological relationship to him or her, and how they are referred to by him Genealogies are an important anthropological or her etc. The fieldworker notes down the method. They provide an account of one's information and compiles a chart, which is descent from an ancestor or ancestors. It is a known as a genealogical chart. Thus, in the statement of the way in which individuals are, or traditional approach the role of the informant is assert that they are, connected with one another limited to providing information in response to through marriage and common parentage. questions posed by a fieldworker. Genealogy is an analytical tool used for studying This contrasts with PRA, where local people kinship - descent groups, households and their participate actively in collecting and analysing fission, marriages, kin terms, inheritance of data and using it for planning development property and transmission of status. It has also initiatives. The use of diagrams, symbols and been used for understanding migration, inter- local materials makes the process relevant to generational mobility, marriage distance, local people and provides an opportunity for ...

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