This book explores research as a collaborative process: researching with and for people, rather than on people. In particular, it addresses the central question: "What is the nature of participation, and how can participative relationships and processes be established and sustained in human enquiry?"
Discusses a research methodology which mixed recent innovations in feminist ethnography and participatory mapping with formal surveys over a four-month period, and which helped formulate comprehensive versions of the local changes brought about by a forestry project.
This chapter describes a study on gender issues in irrigation in Cambodia, which challenged the assumption that female headship of household is an economic (or poverty) indicator. It argues that to understand the relationship between gender and the socio-economic situation of a household, local perceptions of both gender and well-being are crucial, while using an externally derived, gender-analysis framework and categorization, such as female-headed households, may obscure more significant local socio-economic differences.