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[ Article ] Sensitive issues in natural resource management and discursive strategies addressing them

Date de soumission: 21-02-2019
Année de Publication: 2015
Entité/Laboratoire Laboratoire de Sociologie et Vulgarisation Rurales (LSVR)
Document type : Article
Discipline(s) : Sociologie & Sciences Sociales
Titre Sensitive issues in natural resource management and discursive strategies addressing them
Auteurs KOUEVI TEKO AUGUSTIN [1], van MIERLO Barbara [2], LEEUWIS Cees [3], VODOUHE DAVO SIMPLICE [4],
Journal: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Catégorie Journal: Internationale
Impact factor: 1.594
Volume Journal:
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2015.1062746
Resume In natural resource management facilitation literature, little attention is paid to sensitive issues in multi-stakeholder interaction and learning. This article aims to fill this gap. It discusses the variety of discursive strategies used by stakeholders to address sensitive issues with regard to fishery management in Benin, in three different settings: individual interviews, homogeneous groups’ discussions, and a heterogeneous group meeting. Issues that proved sensitive were discussed openly in the interviews or homogeneous groups’ discussions, but not at all, or only indirectly, in the heterogeneous group meeting. With indirect discursive strategies, two out of the seven sensitive issues were put on the discussions’ agenda. We conclude that the other issues were too sensitive among others because of historically grown interdependency between interventionists and fishers. We suggest that dealing with sensitive issues is an important dimension of the facilitation of interactive learning processes and provide methodological guidelines to detect and address such issues.
Mots clés fishery; natural resource management; sensitive issues; responsive evaluation; discursive strategies; learning
Pages 1168 - 1185
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