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Interrogating Practitioner Tensions for Raising Citizen Voice with Participatory Video in International Development
Nordic Council of Ministers, NORDICOM.
2015 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, Vol. 36, no Special Issue, 57-70 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Within international development, strengthening the voice of citizens living in poverty is recognised as vital to reducing inequity. In support of such endeavors, participatory video (PV) is an increasingly utilised communicative method that can stimulate community engagement and amplify the voice of groups often excluded from decision-making spaces. However, implementing PV processes specifically within an international development context is an immensely complex proposal. Practitioners must take into consideration the different ways institutions may understand the use of participatory video for raising citizen voice; and how therefore the practice may be influenced, co-opted or even devalued by these institutional assumptions. To this end, this article interrogates how global PV practi-tioners express tension in their work. Analysis of their descriptions suggests six influential views on PV practice with the potential to diminish the value of voice from the margins.

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Göteborg: Nordicom, 2015. Vol. 36, no Special Issue, 57-70 p.
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participatory video, international development, citizen, voice, practice
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-3924Local ID: diva2:813472
This issue of the Nordicom Review, edited by Pradip Ninan Thomas, is a result of the boutique conference 'Beyond the Impasse' which was organized by the Centre for Communication and Social Change, University of Queensland in January 2013. The aim was to bring together academics who were involved in pushing the boundaries as it were of communication for social change in terms of theory and methods as they applied to practice.
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