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When and how does voice matter? And how do we know?

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posted on 16.11.2016 by Jo Tacchi
This chapter seeks to complicate our understanding of voice in development. It proposes that while it is important to consider not just voice, and the processes of valuing voice, it is also important to understand what voice and agency mean in the complexities of everyday life for populations who are marginalized or disadvantaged. The chapter draws on research in an Indian slum cluster to illustrate how an ethnographic approach can help us to appreciate these complexities and problematize notions of voice. It explores examples of the ways in which people seek to remain unheard and invisible in official and formal terms, and suggests ways that we can rethink what voice might mean in development. While communication for development and social change cannot simplify complexity, it does provide a way of facilitating participation in the design of development. It can highlight the contestations and different perspectives involved, and can draw attention to the relationships of developers and people in development contexts.

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  • Loughborough University London

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Voice & Matter: Communication, Development and the Cultural Return

Pages

117 - 128

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TACCHI, J., 2016. When and how does voice matter? And how do we know? IN: Hemer, O. and Tufte, T. (eds.) Voice & Matter: Communication, Development and the Cultural Return, Goteborg, Sweden: Nordicom, pp. 117-128.

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© The Authors and Published by Nordicom

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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2016

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Nordicom under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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9789187957314;9789187957321

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en

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