Negotiating dilemmatic space

Paul Hoggett, Marjorie Mayo and Miller Chris

in The dilemmas of development work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349729
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303732 | DOI:
Negotiating dilemmatic space

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This chapter continues to focus on values and concentrates on role and function rather than on content. It explains that in dilemmatic space there is no ‘right thing to do’ but one's values can provide a crucial resource for navigating a terrain that is ambiguous, shifting and contested. It examines the role of values in providing ‘orientation’ in moral space by using a detailed case study. It also examines the proposition that what is crucial is how these values are held — what it calls ‘moral narcissism’ which lies at the root of many abuses of professional power. It introduces the idea of personal capacities, something different to skills and therefore requiring a different approach to learning about development.

Keywords: values; dilemmatic space; moral space; moral narcissism; abuses of professional power; personal capacities

Chapter.  4909 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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