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Building agency through participatory video: insights from the experiences of young women participants in India

Singh, Namita; High, Chris; Lane, Andy and Oreszczyn, Sue (2018). Building agency through participatory video: insights from the experiences of young women participants in India. Gender, Technology and Development, 21(3) pp. 173–188.

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Participatory video (PV) is being used by several nongovernment organizations (NGOs) in many different countries. It is often assumed to be a non-problematic process that enables less powerful groups to gain power and participate in social change. While scholars have for long critiqued participatory approaches, it is only in recent years that academic and professional debates that challenge assumptions about PV have emerged. This paper adds to those debates, while focusing primarily on critiquing the PV practice. Drawing on the concepts of participation, agency, and gender, it examines how the agency of less powerful groups can be affected over a period of time as they participate in PV projects initiated by NGOs. It discusses these issues through a case study of a long-term PV project done with young women in a community in Hyderabad (India), undertaken during a doctoral research. It draws attention to the several aspects of a long-term PV project that impact agency-development. The paper argues that while PV can enable participants to gain agency, it is equally challenging to do so in the presence of power relations.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0973-0656
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Keywords: Agency; video; power relations; nongovernmental organizations; participation; capability approach
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 53595
Depositing User: Sue Oreszczyn
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2018 11:03
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2019 14:53
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