Participatory Rural Appraisal: Methodology and Applications (SIRUP-l)

Studies in Rural Participation Series
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  • Author :Neela Mukherjee
  • Year of Publication :1993
  • ISBN: :9788170224730
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 160
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Community Development, Developmental Studies, Sociology

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About the Book :

The book is a study of rural participation based on the methodology of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), the accompanying methods and field-level applications. The book is divided into four chapters. The first chapter provides a short introduction to the logic of participation and the methodology of PRA, its significance, principles, foundations, kinds and origin. The second chapter analyses the indigenous knowledge-sources and discusses the different participatory methods in the light of field experiences. It briefly touches upon the sequencing of methods to illustrate its significance for in-depth analysis of rural issues. The third chapter describes applications of PRA in understanding of poverty, wealth, ecology, gender and health. The fourth chapter illustrates some policy measures flowing from such applications, discusses the limitations posed to the use of PRA and the opportunities which PRA offers as a participatory methodology.

About Author :

Neela Mukherjee, is currently working as a development practitioner, researcher, trainer and a resource person to multiple organizations, both India and abroad. She is associated with a Delhi-based enterprise called "Development Tracks, RTC" involved in cutting-edge research, consultancy and training activities. Formerly, a Professor of Economics at the LBS National Academy of Administration Mussoorie, India and an alumna of the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, her major areas of current research include participatory and sustainable development practices, community perspectives, empowerment and livelihood related issues. She has written extensively in her areas of interest. Her books include "Participatory Rural Appraisal, Methodology and Applications" (1993), "Questionnaire Survey & Participatory Rural Appraisal" (1995), "Participatory Appraisal of Natural Resources" (1997) and "Participatory Learning and Action with 100 Field Methods" (2002) published by Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi. Her present book "Alternative Perspectives on Livelihoods, Agriculture and Air Pollution, agriculture in urban and peri-urban areas in a developing country" published in 2001 by Ashgate Publishing Co., U.K. describes community perspectives on the impact of air pollution as an agricultural, economic and societal concern. Dr. Mukherjee is also the editor of a series on "Learning to Share" of which, two volumes (1997 and 2000) have been published by Concept Publishing Company, Delhi. Dr. Mukherjee other professional interest include multilateral negotiations at the World Trade Organization, trade barriers and developing countries, environmental impact assessment for policy implications and political economy of greenhouse gases. She has researched, lectured and conducted workshops worldwide and has written a number of books and papers in both national and international journals.