ERIC Number: ED312714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Actors' General Conceptions and Strategies for Local Development: An Application of Perspective Text Analysis. Cognitive Science Research No. 28.
Gabrielsson, Ake; Paulsson, Margareta
A study was conducted to examine the interdependence between "actors'" (persons responsible for solving problems within their municipalities) conceptions and local strategies for development. Two peripheral municipalities with development problems are compared. The municipalities have a shared history and culture and a similar economic life, yet they seem to have different developmental strategies. Depth interviews with two significant actors were analyzed using Perspective Text Analysis, applicable to natural text. The two actors (A and B) were alike with respect to traditional characteristics. Their general conceptions, however, could be ascribed to different traditions of ideas. The actors had disparate views of nature. There were differences in perspectives on time, in enacted problems, in perception of what is rational and reasonable, as well as contradictions in society. Consequently they saw different solutions to the development problems. Actor A favored adaptation to markets and structures and technical entrepreneurship. Actor B advocated an ecological approach to development and demanded more radical changes in values and structures. One conclusion of the study is that there is an established connection between the significant actors' general conceptions and the local strategies. (Five figures and one table are included. One appendix with explanatory material is attached.) (Author/MG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Lund Univ. (Sweden). Cognitive Science Research.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden