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Checklist of 'Nasty Methodological Questions'

regarding development analyses and initiatives

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Prepared for Group B of the Goals, Processes and Indicators of Development (GPID) project of the United Nations University following discussion (Tokyo, 1981). Also distributed as Checklist of Nasty Questions: regarding development analyses and initiatives.

Tentative definition

A 'nasty question' is one which one would tend to avoid asking oneself about one's own paper/position but which would find reason to use as the basis of (informed) criticism of a viewpoint with which one disagrees. Such questions, when based on a real understanding of the viewpoint expressed, can most contribute to its evolution.

1. Missing elements

2. Distorted elements

3. Self-serving

4. So what

5. Opposition

6. Openness

7. Contradictions

8. Unanswered questions

9. Implications

10. Space and time limitations

11. Social space and level limitations

12. Limitations of intellectual style

13. Pre-logical biases

Does your paper reflect a preference for:

In view of any such preferences, to what extent do you consider that your dialogues with those of different preferences are predictable in content or form ?


10-12. Derived from : Johan Galtung. Intellectual cross-fertilization in the GPID Project ; a tentative list of GPID dimensions. 1980 ?

13. Derived from : WT Jones. The Romantic Syndrome ; toward a new method in cultural anthropology and history of ideas. The Hague, Nijhof, 1961.

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