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Development: A Cultural Studies Reader



Development: A Cultural Studies Reader

Susanne Schech (Editor), Jane Haggis (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-21917-0 June 2002 Wiley-Blackwell 392 Pages

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This book of readings gathers together some of the most influential contributions that reflect on the relationship between culture and development.

Introduction: Pathways to culture and development: Jane Haggis and Susanne Schech.

Part I: Modernizing Cultures:.

1. The Grocer and the Theif: A Parable: Daniel Lerner.

2. Modernization Ideals: Gunnar Myrdal.

3. A Universal Civilization? Modernization and Westernization: Samuel P Huntington.

4. Divided Market Cultures in China. Gender, Enterprise and Religion: Robert P Weller.

Part II: Culture/Power/Knowledge:.

5. Orientalism: Edward W Said.

6. The West and the Rest: Discourse and Power: Stuart Hall.

7. Black Bodies, White Bodies: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late Nineteenth Century: Sander L Gilman.

Part III: Development as Discourse:.

8. The Problematisation of Poverty: The Tale of Three Worlds and Development: Arturo Escobar.

9. The Constitution of the Object of "Development" - Lesotho as a "Less Developed Country": James Ferguson.

10. Becoming a Development Category: Nanda Shrestha.

11. Knowledge for Development: The World Bank.

Part IV: Development Culture and Human Rights:.

12. Universalism, Particularism and the Question of Identity: Ernesto Laclau.

13. Human Rights as Cultural Practice: Ann Belinda Preis.

14. Women's Rights, Human Rights and Domestic Violence in Vanuatu: Margaret Jolly.

Part V: Global/Local:.

15. Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy: Arjun Appadurai.

16. Capitalisms, Crises and Cultures II: Notes on Local Transformation and Everyday Cultural Struggles: Alan Pred.

17. Narratives of Masculinity and Transnational Migration: Filipino Workers in the Middle East: Jane A Margold.

18. Learning to be Local in Belize. Global Systems of Commom Difference: Richard Wilk.

Part VI: Place and Space:.

19. Geography as Destiny: Cities, Villages and Khmer Rouge Orientalism: Kevin McIntyre.

20. Contesting Cultures: Westernization, Respect for Cultures and Third-World Feminists: Uma Narayan.

21. Gender, Place and Networks. A Political Ecology of Cyberculture: Arturo Escobar.

22. Maya Hackers and the Cyberspatialized Nation-State: Modernity, Ethnostalgia and a Lizard Queen in Guatemala: Diane M Nelson.

23. CyberResistance: Saudi Opposition Between Globalization and Localization: Mamoun Fandy.

Part VII: Multiple Modernities:.

24. The Invention of Tradition Revisited: The Case of Colonial Africa: Terence Ranger.

25. Contentious Traditions: The Debate of Sati in Colonial India: Lata Mani.

26. "When the Earth is Female and the Nation is Mother". Gender, the Armed Forces and Nationalism in Indonesia: Saraswati Sunindyo.

27. The Objects of Soap Opera: Egyptian Television and the Cultural Politics of Modernity: Lila Abu-Lughod.

28. The Credible and the Credulous: The Question of "Villagers' Beliefs" in Nepal: Stacy Leigh Pigg.

29. Modernizing the Malay Mother: Maila Stivens.


"Schech and Haggis' collection is a very good starting point for those interested in teaching and researching the culture and development." South African Geographical Journal

  • Gathers together key readings on the major themes in the study of development and culture.

  • Structured clearly and supported by editorial material in order to aid teaching.

  • Can be used alongside Culture and Development: A Critical Introduction (Blackwell Publishers, 2000).