The authors use the themes of gender, tradition and identity, human rights and new communication technologies to explore the challenges that processes of cultural change pose to conventional understandings of development. The book concludes by considering the move beyond "development" to a "post–development" paradigm.
The book is made up of thematic chapters which include outlines and overviews of the specific topics, as well as case studies to illustrate the issues. The authors have designed the book specifically for students and teachers and the material included has been class–tested during their own teaching.
Preface: The Cross–overs of Culture and Development.
Thinking about Culture and Development.
Bringing Culture and Development Together,.
Globalization and the Politics of Representation.
Feminism, Development, and Culture.
Inventing Traditions, Construction Nations.
Human Rights, Cultural Difference, and Globalization.
Culture, Development, and the Information Revolution.
"Culture and Development is an important text for introductory nd midlevel undergraduate classes and development practitioners looking for a comprehensive, critical and interdisciplinary alternative to "business as usual"Economic Geography
"Overall, the book is an excellent introduction to anthropological and development studies literature on representations, power and culture. While this literature boomed in the 1990s, its theoretical language and disciplinary dispersal made it difficult for students and practitioners to keep up with the debates. Culture and Development provides just such a readable account for student and teacher alike." Progress in Human Geography
"Culture and development takes a wide–ranging, yet in–depth approach to its subject which lends it both coherence and authority. As an innovative introduction to these themes, this book is to be highly recommended." The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute