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Culture and Development. A Critical Introduction

  • ID: 2250882
  • Book
  • March 2000
  • Region: Global
  • 248 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This book introduces students to new ways of thinking about culture and development. The book integrates the recent scholarship in the area of cultural studies within the existing frameworks of development studies, which have primarily focused on issues of political economy and structural transformation. Rather than viewing culture as simply an attribute of the societies undergoing development, this text critically examines how "development" itself operates as a cultural process. The authors draw on theories of modernity, poststructuralism and post–colonial studies to show how development institutions, processes and practices are inevitably caught up in a web of cultural presuppositions, values and meanings.

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.

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List of Figures and Tables.

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.


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Susanne Schech
Jane Haggis
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