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A light in the dark - The impact of increased knowledge of poor rural women on their lives

Ingvarsdottir, Loa LU (2013) MIDM71 20131
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
This research explored the relationship between new knowledge and increased awareness towards action and considered how the women participating in the ACCESS program in Netrakona in Bangladesh were acting upon their newly gained knowledge in terms of social and institutional change. Qualitative methods were used to capture the discursive change in the micro settings among the participants. In order to answer the research question, semi-structured interviews were used to get access to participants’ inner qualities and inner feelings and furthermore to capture the depth of their personalities.
Discursive institutional theory was employed through Schmidt’s model of different stages of institutional change, through thinking, speaking and... (More)
This research explored the relationship between new knowledge and increased awareness towards action and considered how the women participating in the ACCESS program in Netrakona in Bangladesh were acting upon their newly gained knowledge in terms of social and institutional change. Qualitative methods were used to capture the discursive change in the micro settings among the participants. In order to answer the research question, semi-structured interviews were used to get access to participants’ inner qualities and inner feelings and furthermore to capture the depth of their personalities.
Discursive institutional theory was employed through Schmidt’s model of different stages of institutional change, through thinking, speaking and acting, in combination with Kabeer’s model of Dimensions of Empowerment on three dimensions of power, i.e. resources, agency and achievement. These two models were formulated into the analytical framework for the study.
The findings showed that discursive change can be identified on different levels and that institutional change can begin on a thinking level. Nonetheless, the findings also demonstrated how abstract and complex institutional change is and how various factors will always play a big role in the process of it and affect how much agency one can gain and use. It also showed how through the power of unity the participants realized how they gained more by supporting each other and seeing the group as a community. (Less)
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author
Ingvarsdottir, Loa LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
An explorative case study of the outcomes of the ACCESS program interventions in Bangladesh
course
MIDM71 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
discursive institutional change, agency, knowledge, women, Bangladesh
language
English
id
3802474
date added to LUP
2013-12-04 09:49:46
date last changed
2013-12-04 09:49:46
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  abstract     = {This research explored the relationship between new knowledge and increased awareness towards action and considered how the women participating in the ACCESS program in Netrakona in Bangladesh were acting upon their newly gained knowledge in terms of social and institutional change. Qualitative methods were used to capture the discursive change in the micro settings among the participants. In order to answer the research question, semi-structured interviews were used to get access to participants’ inner qualities and inner feelings and furthermore to capture the depth of their personalities.
Discursive institutional theory was employed through Schmidt’s model of different stages of institutional change, through thinking, speaking and acting, in combination with Kabeer’s model of Dimensions of Empowerment on three dimensions of power, i.e. resources, agency and achievement. These two models were formulated into the analytical framework for the study.
The findings showed that discursive change can be identified on different levels and that institutional change can begin on a thinking level. Nonetheless, the findings also demonstrated how abstract and complex institutional change is and how various factors will always play a big role in the process of it and affect how much agency one can gain and use. It also showed how through the power of unity the participants realized how they gained more by supporting each other and seeing the group as a community.},
  author       = {Ingvarsdottir, Loa},
  keyword      = {discursive institutional change,agency,knowledge,women,Bangladesh},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {A light in the dark - The impact of increased knowledge of poor rural women on their lives},
  year         = {2013},
}