EXPLORING SPACES FOR PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY-LED ENGAGEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA, EAST NEW BRITAIN

Ilisapeci Lagilagi Lyons (2010). EXPLORING SPACES FOR PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY-LED ENGAGEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA, EAST NEW BRITAIN PhD Thesis, School of Integrative Systems, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Ilisapeci Lagilagi Lyons
Thesis Title EXPLORING SPACES FOR PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY-LED ENGAGEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA, EAST NEW BRITAIN
School, Centre or Institute School of Integrative Systems
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2010-08-01
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Dr Christine King
Dr Iean Russell
Total pages 309
Total colour pages 22
Total black and white pages 287
Subjects 16 Studies in Human Society
Abstract/Summary There were several aims to this research. First it aimed to investigate how communities can engage their government in change. Second, the study explores how the process of action research can support communities to engage government. Third, the research aims to frame the study findings in the thinking on power and space. Two research communities were selected for the study, in the province of East New Britain, in Papua New Guinea. The literature on community engagement offers much on how agencies, such as government and non-government organisations, engage communities for change. Little however, is offered in how communities negotiate engagement for themselves. This thesis seeks to explore community-led engagement, to understand how communities organise and engage their government representatives for their proposal ideas. Through the process of action research, I engaged and worked with community groups to plan, act, observe and reflect on the process of engaging their government representatives. Action research was adopted in this study because it lends itself to an uncertain and changing social research environment and supports group participation. Various methods of data collection were used, including semi-structured interviews, participant observation, group discussions and photography. The findings from the field were framed by Foucault’s thinking on power and space. One of the research outcomes of this study is a framework on the process of engagement. The framework is made up of three phases, entry and approval, establishment of the research, and action and learning. The topics within the framework are divided into three categories, representations of power, spaces and resources. This study established that through the repeated interactions and iteration in the action research process, engagement in new dialogue about change become stabilised and supported. Furthermore, for communities wanting to engage their government in change, they rely on multiple representations and spaces of interaction outside of formal government relations to enter government decision-making spaces.
Keyword papua new guinea, east new britain, community-led engagement, action research, ethnography, power, space
Additional Notes Total number of colour pages is 22. The page numbers are: 19, 25, 58, 99, 129, 161, 188, 195, 196, 197, 200, 204, 240, 268, 270, 272, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293. Total number of landscape pages is 8. The page numbers are: 129, 195, 240, 273, 274, 275, 277, 282.

 
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