Phenomenological approach in gauging native community quality of life

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The main objective of this study is to get a clear understanding of the quality of life of the Bidayuh community through the world view of the Bidayuh community. The clear understanding of the concept of quality of life from the world-view of Bidayuh community will give an accurate development and a proper community development program for this community. This research has drawn on the phenomenological approach utilising abductive logic based on idealist ontology and constructionist epistemology. This study was conducted in the Serian District, Sarawak which is one of the four districts under the administration of Samarahan Division. The size of the sample for this study was 50 which are achieved through the continuous support toward measurement or the criteria on theoretical saturation. Data in this study was collected using the technique of in-depth interview and informal group discussion. The themes of basic needs and accessibility to infrastructure facilities in their environment became the main choice of the Bidayuh community. Suggestions for further action are addressed to the development agencies, development planners and policy makers so as to give more emphasis on the bottom-up approach and the needs of the native community in community development program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-35
Number of pages6
JournalAsian Social Science
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2013

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Keywords

  • Native community
  • Phenomenological approach
  • Quality of life

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