Postcolonial Approaches to Community Development
Quisol, Joseph Samuel
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Thought on development has shifted focus over time from the top-down style of administration evident in colonial regimes to a bottom-up approach that incorporates local perspectives. The latest scholarship on community development has dealt with how governments can more effectively incorporate community voices, but no research examines this process occurring on an international scale. Thus, this paper asks the question: Can bottom-up community development occur within international governance? In answering this question, this research employs qualitative research methods in participant observation and discourse analysis to examine two case studies: one on the local scale in the city of Charleston, South Carolina and one on the international scale at the Arctic Council.