An Orthodoxy of 'The Local': Post-colonialism, Participation and Professionalism in Northern Thailand
The emergence of a participatory orthodoxy in the development industry has had enormous positive impact, however discourses of participation are also being used in surprisingly political ways. This paper explores how a “pro-local” discourse amongst development professionals in northern Thailand is being deployed in ways that undermine the goals of empowerment and emancipation that are central to the aims of participatory approaches.
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McKinnon, K. 2006. "An orthodoxy of the local: post-colonialism, participation and professionalism in northern Thailand." The Geographical Journal 172(1): 22-34.