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Building agency through participatory video: Insights from the experiences of young women participants in India
Open University, UK.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. Open University, UK. (Peace and Development Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8250-6819
Open University, UK.
Open University, UK.
2017 (English)In: Gender, Technology and Development, ISSN 0971-8524, E-ISSN 0973-0656, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 173-188Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Participatory video (PV) is being used by several nongovernment organizations (NGOs) in many different countries. It is often assumed to be a non-problematic process that enables less powerful groups to gain power and participate in social change. While scholars have for long critiqued participatory approaches, it is only in recent years that academic and professional debates that challenge assumptions about PV have emerged. This paper adds to those debates, while focusing primarily on critiquing the PV practice. Drawing on the concepts of participation, agency, and gender, it examines how the agency of less powerful groups can be affected over a period of time as they participate in PV projects initiated by NGOs. It discusses these issues through a case study of a long-term PV project done with young women in a community in Hyderabad (India), undertaken during a doctoral research. It draws attention to the several aspects of a long-term PV project that impact agency-development. The paper argues that while PV can enable participants to gain agency, it is equally challenging to do so in the presence of power relations.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 21, no 3, p. 173-188
Keywords [en]
Agency, video, power relations, nongovernmental organizations, participation, capability approach
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Social Sciences, Peace and Development Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-70898DOI: 10.1080/09718524.2018.1434993OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-70898DiVA, id: diva2:1182563
Available from: 2018-02-13 Created: 2018-02-13 Last updated: 2018-02-26Bibliographically approved

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