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Development Perspectives from the Antipodes

1st Edition

Edited by Susanne Schech


214 pages

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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

About the Editor

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.

About the Series


THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography