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Local Societies and Rural Development
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Local Societies and Rural Development

Self-organization and Participatory Development in Asia

9781783474370 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Shinichi Shigetomi, Faculty of International Studies, Meijigakuin University and Ikuko Okamoto, Toyo University, Japan
Publication Date: 2014 ISBN: 978 1 78347 437 0 Extent: 256 pp
The importance of community-based and participatory approaches to rural development in developing countries has long been emphasized. Rural people, who are economically and politically weak as individuals, can only participate in development projects when they are collectively organized. However, this is no easy task. This book aims to identify the mechanisms in each local society through which rural people can best organize themselves to meet their development requirements. It stresses the need to find local mechanisms that motivate and control the members of a new organization in order to achieve organizational goals.

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The importance of community-based and participatory approaches to rural development in developing countries has long been emphasized. Local Societies and Rural Development demonstrates how rural people, who are economically and politically weak as individuals, can only participate in development projects when they are collectively organized. With the input of expert collaborators in the field, this book identifies the local social mechanisms that motivate and control people’s self-organizing activities.

Through their use of typology and case studies the contributors identify the mechanisms through which rural people can best organize themselves to meet their development requirements. With the understanding that social context matters, the authors propose a method that both researchers and practitioners of rural society can apply to their work.

Providing a unique and enlightening perspective on rural development, this book will be of value to academics interested in development, regional and rural studies, particularly those who are interested in researching collective action in community-based societies. It will also appeal to practitioners in the field including planners and front-line workers.
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Contributors: A. Hayama, M. Iwai, I. Okamoto, S. Shigetomi, M. Shimagami, A. Venkateswarlu, N. Yamada
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Contents:

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Preface

1. Local Societies and Rural People’s Self-organizing Activities: An analytical framework
Shinichi Shigetomi and Ikuko Okamoto

PART I LOCALITY GROUPS AND HOST ORGANIZATIONS IN LOCAL SOCIETY

2. Composition of Locality Groups as the Basis for Local Social Systems: A Case of Rural Thailand
Shinichi Shigetomi

3. Rural Development in Multi-layered Local System: A Case of Poverty Reduction Program in Central Vietnam
Misaki Iwai

4. Organizing Community Forestry in Rural Myanmar: Capability and Functions of Villages
Ikuko Okamoto

PART II LOCAL SOCIETY AND ORGANIZATIONAL FORMS

5. Organizational Responses of Local Societies in Regional Diversity: Case Study of a Microfinance Project in Rural Indonesia
Motoko Shimagami

6. Forms of Collective Actions in a Dyadically Woven Local Society: Case of the Philippines
Atsuko Hayama

7. Common Fund Procurement through Rent Collection: A Form of Collective Action for Public Works and Public Services in Indian Villages
Akina Venkateswarlu and Shinichi Shigetomi

8. Communal Resource Driven Rural Development: The Salient Feature of Organizational Activities in Chinese Villages
Nanae Yamada

PART III CONCLUSION

9. Propositions for Understanding Local Society
Shinichi Shigetomi

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