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Activities, Actants and Actors: Theoretical Perspectives on Development Practice and Practitioners

Constructing a New Framework for Rural Development

ISBN: 978-1-78441-622-5, eISBN: 978-1-78441-621-8

ISSN: 1057-1922

Publication date: 9 March 2015

Abstract

This chapter falls into two parts. The first offers a theoretical overview of three actor perspectives on issues of development intervention: (a) activity theory, (b) actor-network theory and (c) actor-oriented interface analysis. The second provides an illustrated discussion of the usefulness of actor perspectives for understanding the encounters that take place between ‘development experts’ (local and foreign) and so-called ‘beneficiaries’. The argument draws upon ethnographic data relating to issues of development interface, actor identities, networks and discourse.

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Long, N. (2015), "Activities, Actants and Actors: Theoretical Perspectives on Development Practice and Practitioners", Constructing a New Framework for Rural Development (Research in Rural Sociology and Development, Vol. 22), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 31-58. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1057-192220150000022002

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