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Economic and political power alone is no longer sufficient in solving such complex 21st century problems as poverty, climate change, and securing the peace. However, Social Justice and Deep Participation offers the means to change this status quo. Deep participation allows institutions to be collectively reorganized within their own culture at both community and international levels. In contrast to ordinary participation, it operates only in the context of rapid social change and  instability, but is available to every society. Key elements that contribute to institutional legitimacy encompass inclusion and mutual social learning which in turn contribute to group acts of altruism. It is not just one more ideology. Rather, deep participation accesses social integrative power, similar to the much better recognized ‘political threat power’ and ‘economic coercive power’. It provides new approaches to hands-on-change and lays out an emerging participatory social theory which promises a greater prosperity and justice for all.

Contents

Introduction: Turning Points

PART I: RETHINKING PARTICIPATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE

1. Background and Overview  2. Current Participatory Approaches  3. Rethinking Participation Practice and Theory

PART II: DEEP PARTICIPATION: A NATURAL DYNAMIC OF THE WORLD

4. New Directions  5. The Six Elements of Deep Participation  6. Tracing Deep Participation in West Africa   7. Tracing Deep Participation in North America

PART III: PARTICIPATORY SOCIAL THEORY IN A FAST CHANGING WORLD

8. Stalemate or Reinvention?  9. The Dynamics of Participation  10. Formulating a Participatory Social Theory  11.

Conclusion: Creating Social Justice

Author

Paula Donnelly-Roark is a social scientist with a long career in international development starting as a Fulbright Hayes professor in West Africa. She is a skilled scholar/practitioner in social analysis, participation, poverty eradication and sustainable environments. Donnelly Roark’s long experience combining theory and practice enables a particularly insightful analysis and discussion of social change.