School of Politics Research Seminar

21 March 2012

Time: 4:15pm
Venue: Bancroft Building FB 1.01.1 Mile End Campus

Speaking Without Voice: Participatory Planning, Acknowledgement and Latent Subjectivity
Jonathan Pugh, Newcastle University

Participatory planning aims to give more people a say in development. Yet, there is a difference between people having the opportunity to ‘speak’, and them having discovered a ‘voice’. Indeed, a repressed and latent subjectivity can result in people playing a passive role in their own oppression. Influenced by Stanley Cavell, pragmatic planning traditions and post-colonial literature, the first part of the paper examines the precarious relationship between voice, acknowledgment and latent subjectivity in Caribbean fisherfolk during participatory planning in Barbados. The second half turns to some solutions developed by fisherfolk from seven Caribbean countries with the author.