chapter  3
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Who Speaks For The Community? Negotiating Agency and Voice in Community-based Research in Tanzania

This chapter draws on research conducted in Rwanda to provide an appreciation of how participatory research methods contribute to our understanding of social capital and reconciliation in war-torn communities. Accomplishing valuable research into social capital and reconciliation in the developing world can be problematic due to difficulty in identifying indicators and the intangible nature of the subject. Additionally, issues of access, both official and emotional, experienced in all forms of research are felt all the more when exploring such sensitive topics, particularly within a post-conflict setting. However, understanding the specific causes behind a given conflict is crucial to the effective reconstruction of the post-conflict environment. So too, is an appreciation of said environment, that is, the impacts of the conflict on the society in question. Indeed, it is only through an accurate comprehension of the challenges and threats that the reconciliation process faces, that any durable societal restoration can take place.