A07
Creating participatory spaces and claiming citizenship in development practice

Convenors:
Debjani Dasgupta (University of Sheffield)
Stream:
A: Actors in addressing inequality
Location:
E5
Start time:
29 June, 2018 at 10:45
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel will look at the linkage between citizenship and the outcome of various forms of participatory processes leading towards a richer understanding of the practices of citizenship, where the extent and quality of one's citizenship is a function of one's participation in that community.

Long abstract:

This panel will look at the linkage between citizenship and the outcome of various forms of participatory processes. The concept of citizenship is intimately linked to ideas of individual entitlement as well as attachment to a particular community. On the other hand, in Gaventa’s (2006) analysis of power relations, ‘effective participation’ has been understood in terms of ‘empowerment’, construed in spatial terms of less powerful actors creating new ‘claimed’ spaces. This panel will explore the perception of participatory spaces created through development practices, and investigate their effects on the dynamic ways in which citizenship is claimed and exercised. This in turn will lead towards a richer understanding of the practices of citizenship, not only as a legal status as a member of a particular community, but as a desirable activity, where the extent and quality of one's citizenship is a function of one's participation in that community.