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Decolonizing Development: Colonial Power and the Maya

Decolonizing Development: Colonial Power and the Maya

Joel Wainwright

ISBN: 978-1-405-15705-6

Feb 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

328 pages

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CAD $103.99

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Winner of the 2010 James M. Blaut Award in recognition of innovative scholarship in cultural and political ecology (Honors of the CAPE specialty group (Cultural and Political Ecology))

Decolonizing Development investigates the ways colonialism shaped the modern world by analyzing the relationship between colonialism and development as forms of power.

  • Based on novel interpretations of postcolonial and Marxist theory and applied to original research data
  • Amply supplemented with maps and illustrations
  • An intriguing and invaluable resource for scholars of postcolonialism, development, geography, and the Maya
List of figures.

Acknowledgements.

Abbreviations.

Introduction.

Part I: Colonizing the Maya.

1. The territorialization of southern Belize.

2. The matter of the Maya farm system.

3. An archaeology of Mayanism.

Part II: Aporias of development.

4. From colonial to development knowledge.

5. Settling: fieldwork in the ruins of development.

6. Finishing the critique of cultural ecology.

Conclusion.

Bibliography.

Index.

"Wainwright is to be applauded for marshalling his considerable intellectual skills to advancing our understanding of Maya colonial experiences (past and present) in the confines of Belize." (Social & Cultural Geography, February 2009)

"Theoretically sophisticated ... .It has some important things to say that are relevant to both scholars and practitioners concerned with development practices in the South today." (Geographical Journal, 2009)

"Culture studies sometimes receive a hasty, often incoherent introduction ... .Fortunately, this book is an exception. Wainwright provides a meticulous and actually readable explanation of the culture studies 'manifesto.' One of the interesting issues discussed was the Mayas' 'development' into settled farming, as opposed to their original milpa (i.e., slash and bum) agriculture. Recommended." (CHOICE, December 2008)


  • Investigates the ways colonialism shaped the modern world by analyzing the relationship between colonialism and development as forms of power
  • Based on novel interpretations of postcolonial and Marxist theory and applied to original research data
  • An intriguing and invaluable resource for scholars of postcolonialism, development, geography, and the Maya