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Marjorie Mayo

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447329312

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447329312.001.0001

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Choices and constraints

Choices and constraints

(p.105) Six Choices and constraints
Changing Communities

Marjorie Mayo

Policy Press

This chapter focuses upon the extent to which people – and communities - have agency. How far can people make choices freely and/ or how far are people affected by wider structural constraints, when it comes to deciding to move, whether to flee from unbearable situations at home and/ or in search of better, more sustainable livelihoods elsewhere. And how can people and communities respond to being ‘kept in their place’, by the fear of violence outside, for instance. Strategies to tackle violence against women in India provide illustrations, for example. The chapter concludes by focussing upon some of the ways in which people and communities can be supported to enable them to exercise their agency to maximum effect, including via community-based popular education.

Keywords:   Agency, Free choice, Structural constraints, Violence against women, Popular education

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