From Fieldwork to Mutual Learning PRATEC
This paper places the work of a Peruvian NGO (PRATEC), with which the author
collaborates, within a broad context of the theory of knowledge. The three
members of PRATEC were engaged in different aspects of the development
enterprise. Out of their perceived failure of that enterprise, they deprofessionalised
themselves and founded this NGO. The author argues that within the professional
academic disciplines it is impossible to produce a knowledge that can
contribute to the procreative concerns of communities, that is, their concerns
about their continuity and well-being. She does a brief historical review of the
emergence of the modern University in the nineteenth century and the hidden
political agenda of the new so called value-free knowledge it institutionalised.
She ends up advocating a rejection of the double participation necessitated by
professional academic disciplines.
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