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The Limits of Community Participation: The Case of the Council of Community Organisations Programme in Thailand
- 9 September 2013 1:30 pm
- 9 September 2013 4:00 pm
- ห้องประชุมชั้น 2 มูลนิธิสถาบันวิจัยเพื่อการพัฒนาประเทศไทย
- 565 soi ramkhamhaeng39, bangkok, Thailand, 10310
การบรรยายเรื่อง “The Limits of Community Participation: The Case of the Council of Community Organisations Programme (Sapa-Ongkorn Chumchon) in Thailand” โดย ดร.ธร ปีติดล อาจารย์ประจำคณะเศรษฐศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์
This research is a study of how community participation is understood, enacted, produced and governed in the context of an organization that promotes community participation. Through the case study of the Council of Community Organisations Programme (Sapa-Ongkorn Chumchon) in Thailand, it sheds light on the frequently found gap between the expectations and the reality of community participation. The research employs a multi-disciplinary approach in uncovering the roles of discourse and institutions in contributing to such a gap.
It explains how the discourse of community, through its association with the sense of collective identity, tends to distort community participation from achieving empowerment. Moreover, the institutional-related factors, such as the social relations in communities, tend to constrain the approach from achieving effective mobilisation of collective action. Such an institutional-based constraint is accentuated by adverse incentives that community leaders face when they become part of development interventions.
Finally, the research indicates that the gap tends to persist through the agency of development actors involved in the promotion of community participation, who usually manoeuvre to gain advantages from their roles in ways that reinforce the influence of the aforementioned factors.