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Development and Culture

Edited By Deborah Eade
ISBN: 9780855984724
This collection of papers shows the need not merely to view culture as an important dimension of development but to see development itself as a cultural expression and culture as the basis upon which societies can develop through self-renewal and growth.

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  • Synopsis
    Most development policies and interventions are based on an assumption that 'modernisation' in the Western sense is the ultimate goal of human societies. Culture is therefore regarded either as an impediment to progress or as something outside the economic and political spheres and consigned to areas of religion and ritual. This collection of papers, published in association with World Faiths Development Dialogue and written by a range of aid practitioners and scholars, shows the need not merely to view culture as an important dimension of development but to see development itself as a cultural expression and culture as the basis upon which societies can develop through self-renewal and growth.
  • Table of Contents
    Contributors
    Preface
    Cultures, spirituality, and development 1
    Culture, liberation, and 'development' 25
    Globalism and nationalism: which one is bad? 38
    Faith and economics in 'development': a bridge across the chasm? 45
    Spirituality: a development taboo 60
    Communal conflict, NGOs, and the power of religious symbols 78
    Ethnicity and participatory development methods in Botswana: some participants are to be seen and not heard 92
    Women, resistance, and development: a case study from Dangs, India 110
    Gendering the millennium: globalising women 130
    Stressed, depressed, or bewitched? A perspective on mental health, culture, and religion 142
    Responding to mental distress in the Third World: cultural imperialism or the struggle for synthesis? 155
    Research into local culture: implications for participatory development 168
    Some thoughts on gender and culture 174
    Resources 177
    Index 194

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    Editor Deborah Eade
    Number of Pages 220
    Format Paperback / softback