1st Edition

Development Perspectives from the Antipodes

ISBN 9781138953871
Published September 10, 2015 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

Development discourses and academic development knowledge reflect to a large extent the interests of the ‘North’. The Antipodes – Australia and New Zealand - share an ambivalent location as countries of the ‘North' in wealth, development and dominant intellectual genealogies but ‘South' in latitude and history. Approaches to development have been shaped by the colonial dispossession of indigenous peoples, paternalist development relationships with impoverished and marginalised neighbours, and concerns with national security. In the 21st century they find themselves located at the edge of a major reconfiguration of global economic power – ‘Asia rising’. This innovative book is the first to explore the approaches to development produced by the Antipodes’ geopolitical positioning. The chapters focus on new development actors - faith-based organisations, local communities, indigenous people, security personnel and social entrepreneurs. A range of detailed case studies provide insights into how development at the edge creates spaces for alternative development pathways and for alternatives to development.

This book was published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.

Table of Contents

1. Development perspectives from the Antipodes: an introduction  Susanne Schech  2. Denial and Distancing in Discourses of Development: shadow of the ‘Third World’ in New Zealand  Priya A. Kurian and Debashish Munshi  3. The Changing Development Landscape in the First Decade of the 21st Century and its Implications for Development Studies  Patrick Kilby  4. Police in the Development Space: Australia’s international police capacity builders  Vandra Harris and Andrew Goldsmith  5. Tangled Nets of Discourse and Turbines of Development: Lower Mekong mainstream dam debates  Ming Li Yong and Carl Grundy-Warr  6. Alter-Native ‘Development’: indigenous forms of social ecology  Alberto Gomes  7. Reframing Development through Collaboration: towards a relational ontology of connection in Bawaka, North East Arnhem Land  Kate Lloyd, Sarah Wright, Sandie Suchet-Pearson, Laklak Burarrwanga and Bawaka Country  8. Contract Scholars, Friendly Philanthropists and Feminist Activists: new development subjects in the Pacific  Yvonne Underhill-Sem  9. Emotional Geographies of Development  Sarah Wright  10. Overcoming Secularism? Catholic development geographies in Timor-Leste  Andrew McGregor, Laura Skeaff and Marianne Bevan  11. A Progressive Authoritarianism? The case of post-2006 Fiji  Paul Hodge

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Susanne Schech is Associate Professor in the School of International Studies where she heads the Centre for Development Studies. She has published on culture and development, gender and poverty, race and whiteness, migration and refugees, and currently leads a collaborative research project on the impacts of international development volunteering.