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Culture and Development in a Globalizing World
Geographies, Actors and Paradigms

Edited By

Sarah Radcliffe

ISBN 9780415348775
Published March 30, 2006 by Routledge
296 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Using recent research on development projects around the world, this book argues that culture has become an explicit tool and framework for development discourse and practice. Providing a theoretical and empirically informed critique, this informative book includes conceptual overviews and case studies on topics such as:

  • development for indigenous people
  • natural resource management
  • social capital and global markets for Third World music
  • post-apartheid South Africa
  • cultural difference in the USA’s late capitalism.

The editor concludes by evaluating the outcomes of development’s ‘cultural turn’, proposing a framework for future work in this field. By combining case studies from both ‘Third World’ and ‘First World’ countries, the book, ideal for those in the fields of geography, culture and development studies, raises innovative questions about the ‘transferability’ of notions of culture across the world, and the types of actors involved.

Table of Contents

1. Culture in Development Thinking  2. Culture, Development and Global Neo-Liberalism  3. Culture and Conservation in Post-Conflict Africa  4. Indigenous Groups, Culturally Appropriate Development and the Socio-Spatial Fix of Andean Development  5. Laboring in the Transnational Culture Mines  6. Social Capital and Migration: Beyond Ethnic Economies  7. Social Capital as Culture?: Promoting Co-Operative Action in Ghana  8. On the Spatial Limits of Culture in High Tech Regional Economic Development  9. Mobilizing Culture for Social Justice and Development  10. Conclusions

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Sarah Radcliffe's is a leading authority on the role of culture in development. Her research interests include social and political change in the Andean countries, especially Peru and Ecuador. She also is interested in feminist geography and post-colonial analyses of gender and race.

She is Editor of Progress in Human Geography

She has published widely in key journals including: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 2, Progress in Human Geography, Space and Polity, Global Networks, Transactions of the Institute of British Geog and Environment and Planning.