The use of 'typical families' to explore livelihoods and service provision in urban informal settlements, South Africa (PLA 41)
As part of a wider programme of socio-economic data collection, the use of 'typical family' cards - sets of silhouettes depicting different family set-ups, ranging from simple two parents with children to more complex cards involving four generations - were used to gather information on social networks and people's perceptions of family.
This article was published in PLA 41, a compilation of articles of general interest to participation practitioners (June 2001). Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics, students and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board.
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