Beyond the Ladder of Participation: An Analytical Toolkit for the Critical Analysis of Participatory Media Processes
2016 (English)In: Javnost - The Public, ISSN 1318-3222, Vol. 23, no 1, 70-88 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Participatory research is facing three challenges—how to deal with the theoretisation and conceptualisation of participation; how to support the research with analytical models; and how the evaluate the research outcomes. This article aims to address these three problems by distinguishing two main approaches (a sociological and a political) in participatory theory and developing a four-level and 12-step analytical model that functions within the political approach. In this analytical model, a series of key concepts are used: process, field, actor, decision-making moment and power. The normative-evaluative problem is addressed by reverting to the critical perspective to evaluate the societal desirability of particular participatory intensities. This critical perspective—potentially—adds a 13th and final normative layer to the analytical model.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 23, no 1, 70-88 p.
participation; participatory theory; analytical model; the critical; power; process; field; actor; decision-making moment
Research subject Media and Communication Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282029DOI: 10.1080/13183222.2016.1149760ISI: 000373495000005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-282029DiVA: diva2:916259
Funder: Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen(FWO)2016-04-012016-04-012016-06-22Bibliographically approved