JOHNSON, PAUL, HENRY (2013) Alternative Visions of Change: Jigsaw Funding, Patchwork
Professionalisation and Rural NGOs in a Neoliberal Era. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.
Study of civil society networks bound within the wider neoliberal restructuring project has impressed upon development discourse an appreciation of the encroachments of neoliberal processes and practices into every aspect of
grassroots activism. Perhaps more importantly, of late it has also highlighted the ability of local activists to 'work' the spaces created by neoliberal governance to
contested ends. This thesis unpacks the ways in which professionalisation, theorized at the specific site of its operation, co-opts, constrains, supports and depletes activism, and, most importantly, how the professional subjects shaped through these processes occupy the opportunities created. Specifically, the thesis will investigate how the professionalisation of an ecologically-centred and community-based NGO shapes its staff’s ability to 'exist, speak and act as development alternatives' (Bebbington et al., 2008) and how their ecological focus
alters this process”.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Doctoral)|
|Award:||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Faculty and Department:||Faculty of Social Sciences and Health > Geography, Department of|
|Copyright:||Copyright of this thesis is held by the author|
|Deposited On:||30 Apr 2013 10:11|