I plan, you participate: A southern view of community participation in urban Australia
Author: Lahiri-Dutt K.
Source: Community Development Journal, Volume 39, Number 1, January 2004 , pp. 13-27(15)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:Community participation, an imperative ingredient in any intervention, in spite of all the recent emphasis, it has continued to remain a form of collective bargaining. Instead of reversing its position in face of community opposition, governments are tempted to reinforce it by seeking the scientific opinion from experts. By favouring this opinion as the rational approach, the government undermines the essence of community participation. To illustrate this point, the paper traces the recent history of M5 East Motorway Tunnel Exhaust Stack located in a residential area of Sydney. I show how, between two modes of knowledge systems of two groups opposing each other, a privileging process subordinates citizens' preferences and understandings to those held by experts. Thus the process of participation becomes circumscribed by the government's implicit preferences that are imposed on the community in the name of a more scientific view irrespective of citizen opinions.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2004-01-01
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