Handling authority relations

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:
Handling authority relations

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This chapter looks at some of the dilemmas of authority and power that typically face development workers and gives examples of how they have attempted to handle these. It argues that authority can assume different forms — positional, reputational and personal. It focuses in particular on the latter by introducing the concept of self-authorisation that, it argues, is a vital capacity in development work. It examines the roots of this important personal capacity by using examples from people's life histories.

Keywords: authority and power; development workers; positional; reputational; personal; self-authorisation; life histories

Chapter.  7281 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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