2011 in unserem Haus erschienen und in limitierter Auflage erhältlich:
Implications from the Oglala Oyate Woitancan Empowerment Zone.
pidi verlag. 2011. Sprache: Englisch. 299 Seiten. 39,95 Euro. ISBN 978-3-940341-01-3
shortcomings of the empowerment idea in regards to persisting power structures,
the US Congress has passed the Empowerment Acts to help improve the
socio-economic situation in the poorest regions of the country. In the case
study about the Oglala Oyate Woitancan Empowerment Zone, the author discusses
whether this community development approach is recommendable in the American
Indian context. From 1998 to 2009 the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation held the
status of an empowerment zone. The combination of federal dollars, technical
assistance and tax incentives were to assist the Oglala Lakota in achieving the
kind of sustainable development they want for their communities. During the
entire funding period Sonja John witnessed the program’s progress. She
examined the program in the context of empowerment theory and determined whether
it improved the living conditions by enhancing capabilities and freedoms and
meeting the pre-set program objectives. Although this enacted empowerment
program ended zigzagging along the path of red-taped bureaucratic roadblocks,
the author argues, the concept bears potential for more than pseudo-empowerment and
therapeutic politics if true participation is feasible. The outcomes of this case study have important policy ramifications for
other participation-based development programs as well.
About the author:
Before pursuing her doctorate in Political Science, Dr. Sonja John graduated from two master’s programs, in Lakota Leadership and Management at Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, South Dakota, and in Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin.
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