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Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television and Social Media

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780415822817

ISBN10:
0415822815
Format:
Nonspecific Binding
Pub. Date:
10/4/2013
Publisher(s):
Routledge
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Summary

Although the academic study of development is well established, as is also its policy implementation, less considered are the broader, more popular understandings of development that often shape agendas and priorities, particularly in representative democracies. Through twelve accessible and provocative chapters, this book introduces the idea that while the issue of 'development' defined broadly as problems of poverty and social deprivation, and the various agencies and processes seeking to address these is normally one that is discussed by social scientists and policy makers, it also has a wider 'popular' dimension. Development is something that can also be understood through studying literature, films, and other non-conventional forms of representation. At the same time, development is a public issue, one that has historically been associated with musical movements such as Live Aid, and increasingly features in newer media such as blogs and social networking. The book connects the effort to build a more holistic understanding of development issues with an exploration of the diverse public sphere in which popular engagement with development takes place. This includes the representation of development within forms of popular culture such as books and films, which both shape and reflect public perceptions and ideas. It also includes the wider public spaces in which people seek to participate in or communicate about development, from campaigning efforts via social networking sites and new electronic media to the use of unconventional media to promote development messages to end users. The book gives students of development studies, media studies and geography as well as students in the humanities engaging with global development issues a multidisciplinary and variety of perspectives to open up this new field for discussion.


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