Community Participation or Community Exclusion? The Distant Voices from Women with Physical Disabilities in Rural Northern Thailand

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Participation is the buzzword in rural development these days; many countries have adopted it to get people together. Community participation is a great idea in rural development, but it does really beg a question of how people with disabilities are included. Therefore, this study attempts to analyze the interplay between community participation and social exclusion felt by women with physical disabilities. Forty physically disabled women were interviewed and studied. Based on in-depth interviews, it was found that the more these women participate in community activities, the more they become excluded from able-bodied community because able-bodied people within community usually regard these women as beneficiaries rather than community stakeholders. In addition, it obviously shows that unfriendly community facilities during participation process, charity-based approach and over protection are significant factors which exclude these women from normal community participation.


Keywords: Community Participation, Public Participation, People with Disabilities, Women with Physical Disabilities
Stream: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Theeraphong Bualar

Ph.D Student, Asian Institute of Technology, Silpakorn University
Klong Luang, Thailand

Mr.Theeraphong BUALAR is a Ph.D(candidate)from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. His dissertation is discussing women with physical disabilities in rural Thailand. In addition, his research interests revolve around gender and disability, gender and development, gender and politics, disabled women and sexual assult and sexual harassment. He was invited to present his reserach methods about disabled women at The Swiss Federal of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Apart from his doctoral study, he is working as a full-time lecturer at the School of Management Science, Community Management Field of Study, Silpakorn University. He also earned B.A. and M.A. in Public Administration, Thammasat University. Before joining academia, he used to work for The Communications Authority of Thailand and King Prajadhipok's Institute.

Ref: I08P0175