Culture and Development in a Globalising World: Geographies, by Sarah A. Radcliffe

By Sarah A. Radcliffe

Utilizing contemporary study on improvement initiatives all over the world, this publication argues that tradition has turn into an specific instrument and framework for improvement discourse and perform. delivering a theoretical and empirically trained critique, this informative e-book comprises conceptual overviews and case reviews on subject matters reminiscent of: improvement for indigenous humans common source administration social capital and international markets for 3rd global track post-apartheid South Africa cultural distinction within the USA’s overdue capitalism. The editor concludes through comparing the results of development’s ‘cultural turn’, featuring a framework for destiny paintings during this box. by means of combining case stories from either ‘Third international’ and ‘First international’ international locations, the publication, perfect for these within the fields of geography, tradition and improvement experiences, increases leading edge questions on the ‘transferability’ of notions of tradition the world over, and the kinds of actors concerned.

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Is it the headman, the religious leader, community pressure, or the police? Find out what it is and use it. (USAID operative, Cairo, 1995, quoted in Elyachar 2002: 509) How did it come to pass? The notion – captured perfectly by the USAID trainer offering micro-entrepreneurial counsel to Egyptian NGOs – that culture is the indispensable stuff of development. ” At stake is yet one more expression of the colonization of the life world by the deadly solicitations of the market. In Elyachar’s example, the headman becomes the enforcement mechanism for Grameen banks Egyptian-style.

Sarah Radcliffe and Nina Laurie (this volume) examine how regional cultures interact with new development institutions’ concepts of cultures and local patterns of ethnic society to produce development projects. Development is always site specific and culturally distinctive yet is always and everywhere inserted into broader cultural and geographical groundings, which makes it ineluctably “cultural geographic” (Watts 2002: 435; also Hart 2002). Culture and development thinking: new paradigms, recent concepts Development thinking could not take culture seriously without having some key concepts and frameworks for understanding how culture and development “fit” in any given development context.

Social capital confirms “a growing body of evidence that incorporating the poor into the design and implementation of . . projects” (World Bank cited in Harriss 2002: 94). In turn, social capital – networks, associations, norms, and values – must be identified, used, invested in, and enabled. There are perfectly good reasons for assuming that the critical tradition within the genealogy of social capital – the work of Pierre Bourdieu (1980) or the research of Peter Evans (1996) to take two examples – has been evacuated or lost as it is has been “domesticated” within the Bank.

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