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ERIC Number: EJ828078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1389-224X
Community Profiling: From Technique to Reflective Practice in Community Engagement for Natural Resource Management
Love, Sonya; Boxelaar, Lucia; O'Donnell, Josette; Francis, Julie
Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, v13 n3 p177-189 Sep 2007
Community profiling is a tool that aims to help practitioners collect and make use of varied data to understand the diversity of stakeholders and issues in communities where they are delivering natural resource management programs. This paper will discuss some of the problems experienced with community profiling and propose a shift in the way in which this tool is used. We present our reflections on two case studies of the use of community profiling in NRM programs where two of the authors were involved as practitioners. Community profiling practice in the case studies was problematic. Profilers were forced to choose between multiple constructions of the communities they were profiling. We raise significant concerns with community profiling but do not suggest abandoning the methodology altogether. We highlight the potential of the methodology to make visible multiple constructions of community and thus generate new potentiality to act by contributing to reflective practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia