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Beyond the Ladder of Participation: An Analytical Toolkit for the Critical Analysis of Participatory Media Processes
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media. Vrije Univ Brussel, Dept Commun Studies, Brussels, Belgium.; Charles Univ Prague, Prague, Czech Republic.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8996-4636
2016 (English)In: Javnost - The Public, ISSN 1318-3222, Vol. 23, no 1, 70-88 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Participatory research is facing three challenges—how to deal with the theoretisation and conceptualisation of participation; how to support the research with analytical models; and how the evaluate the research outcomes. This article aims to address these three problems by distinguishing two main approaches (a sociological and a political) in participatory theory and developing a four-level and 12-step analytical model that functions within the political approach. In this analytical model, a series of key concepts are used: process, field, actor, decision-making moment and power. The normative-evaluative problem is addressed by reverting to the critical perspective to evaluate the societal desirability of particular participatory intensities. This critical perspective—potentially—adds a 13th and final normative layer to the analytical model.

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2016. Vol. 23, no 1, 70-88 p.
Keyword [en]
participation; participatory theory; analytical model; the critical; power; process; field; actor; decision-making moment
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Media Studies
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Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282029DOI: 10.1080/13183222.2016.1149760ISI: 000373495000005OAI: diva2:916259

Funder: Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen(FWO)

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