Berkeley Planning Journal
Bridging the Macro with the Micro Through the Lived Experiences of the Community: The Calcha of Bolivia and Community Development Planning
- Author(s): Cruz, Marcelo
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5070/BP36113119
Community development planning depends, for its success, on a bottom-up approach and a depe understanding of local culture. In this paper, a case of economic development planning invoMng the Calcha, an ethnic group living in southern Bolivia, is used to illustrate how different the understanding of a same reality can be for planners and for local residents. Planners are urged to look at communities not as given objects but as cultural entities being continu ously created and adapted through the interpretive work of individuals and households interacting with one another and with their changing environment.