The bibliography reflects thinking about the theory and practice of popular participation. It focuses primarily on Africa and Latin America, with some reference to the Caribbean and Asia. The first chapter, on Approaches and Theories, contains sections on concepts and definitions, methods of research and analysis, and theories of participation. Chapter two, on Local Contexts, includes sections on projects, organisations, communities, and culture. Chapter three, on Strategies and Wider Issues, contains sections which focus on social movements, programmes, and public policy.
This book reviews contemporary campaigns for community participation and empowerment with examples from all over the world. It critically assesses developments in the 'mixed economy of welfare' in terms of their relevance for self-help and community participation. It also considers the concept of empowerment and its relation to public policy and development within social movements.