Development Communication and the Dialogic Space: Finding the Voices Under the Mines

  • Christele J. Amoyan
  • Pamela A. CustodioEmail author


This chapter is a written manifesto of the (un)heard voices of a small fisherfolk community in Calancan Bay, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque, the Philippines. It is through following these voices that we came to witness how unsustainable mining transformed a local fishing village into an industrial wasteland. After decades of struggle for socio-economic welfare, environmental rehabilitation, and social justice, the fishers remain in polluted living conditions. Listening to the people’s dialogues and everyday conversations creates a new space for a critical discourse through dialogue. We attempt to link Freirean dialogue and its appropriateness in the process of Development Communication (DevCom) for desirable social change. The main objective of this chapter is to reflect on the space for dialogue in the study of DevCom centred the Calancan Bay fisherfolk’s life stories. The dominant voice of the chapter, the first author—a novice researcher—recounts entering the field to listen and collate the silenced voices and from there, develop a sense of self-reflexivity as she goes along the journey of qualitative research.


Development communication Dialogue Praxis Voice Thirdspace Kapwa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Development CommunicationThe University of the Philippines Los BañosLos BañosPhilippines

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