Geotema 56_12

Sviluppo locale e pratiche partecipative: tra aspettative deluse e innovazioni territoriali inaspettate

Marina Marengo


Abstract: LOCAL DEVELOPMENT AND PARTICIPATORY PRACTICES: BETWEEN DISAPPOINTED EXPECTATIONS AND UNEXPECTED TERRITORIAL INNOVATIONS

This communication is a summary proposal of how the author of this abstract has learned to work on the field. The goal is not a mere excursus, but questioning an initial formation that lacks some conceptual and methodological elements related to the whole field of the humanities and social sciences. In particular, to be highlighted: 1) the need to question oneself at the beginning of field research, using the “classical” ethnographic method, research-action or participatory methods; 2) learning about the ethical role of the researcher, the “Cinderella” of field research; 3) the need to “detach oneself” from “official” research teams unable to open up to other ways of investigating the territory; 4) how university experience enables non-university courses to be set up and be funded by local or supra-local authorities.

Keywords: action and participatory research, égogéographies, local development.

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