On the Edges of Development: Cultural Interventions

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-02-11
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This volume re-imagines development through a careful and imaginative exploration of some of the many ways that culture a?? in the broadest sense of lived experience and its representation a?? can recenter resistance, suggest alternative models and advance critiques of development as it is currently practiced. The volume is organized around three central questions: How can development as it is currently propounded be a??refuseda?? and how can such a refusal suggest ways toward a more equitable and liveable development? How are emergent discourses around science, sexuality, and gendered economies challenging dominant approaches to development? How do fictions and other cultural productions help envision alternatives to development? This volume engages with the puzzle of how best to conceptualize an alternative development, one that improves the living conditions of poor people in the South and simultaneously demands a solution thatfocuses on the integration of gender, diversity and development with the realities of peoplea??s lives.

Table of Contents

List of Diagrams and Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: From the Edges of Developmentp. 1
Refusing Representations of Development
October 17, 1961p. 13
Ode to "Quasheba": Resistance Rituals among Higgler Women in Jamaicap. 22
Plural Economies and the Conditions for Refusal: Gendered Developments in Bangkokp. 38
Dancing on the Edge: Women, Culture, and a Passion for Changep. 52
Resisting Westernity and Refusing Developmentp. 67
Emergent Discourses of Development
From Roosevelt in Germany to Bush in Iraq: Development's Discourse of Liberation, Democracy, and Free Tradep. 77
Migrants, Genes, and Socioscientific Phobias: Charting the Fear of the "Third World" Tag in Discourses of Development in New Zealandp. 94
Overseas Filipino Workers' Tales, or Globalization Discourses and Developmentp. 110
Erratic Hopes and Inconsistent Expectations for Mexican Rural Women: A Critique of Economic Thinking on Alternatives to Povertyp. 124
From Old to New Political Cultures of Opposition: Radical Social Change in an Era of Globalizationp. 143
Fictions of Development
Mama Benz and the Taste of Money: A Critical View of a "Homespun" Rags-to-Riches Story of Post-Independence Africap. 167
History, Development, and Transformation in Paule Marshall's The Chosen Place, The Timeless People: A Conversation among Students of Developmentp. 188
Urduja through the Looking Glass: A Response to Colonial Traumap. 196
Fictions of (Under) Development: Hunger Artists in the Global Economyp. 215
Afterwordp. 232
Contributorsp. 241
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 269
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