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Discourses of Development

Author: Grillo, R. D.
Binding: 7
Pages: 256
Pub Date: 01/10/1997
ISBN: 9781859739457
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Quick overview Taking an ethnographic approach, this work offers a critical assessment of the "development encounter", emphasizing that "development" is a multi-faceted process, and a complex site of contestation.
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'Development' is clearly a contentious concept. It is common knowledge that there is frequently a troubling divide between what Western developers think development entails and how those people affected understand the ensuing processes. By treating development as problematic, this book seeks to generate new insights into the relationships between the various parties involved and to enhance understanding of the ways in which particular 'discourses of development' are generated. Authors raise provocative questions about the relationship of politics, power, ideology and rhetoric to the institutional practice of development. These hegemonic considerations are shown to have a profound effect on the 'culture of aid' and the interface between development personnel and those whom development is supposed to benefit.

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