Making differences: cities, NGOs and the cultural politics of development discourse

O'Coill, Carl (2002) Making differences: cities, NGOs and the cultural politics of development discourse. In: Communicating for development: experience in the urban environment. Urban management series . ITDG Publishing, London. ISBN 1853395420

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Abstract

This book chapter reveals the politics of representation underlying depictions of non-Western cities in the literature on third world development. Development discourse is preoccupied with imaginary differences and hierarchies, it argues, and the places it describes are not grounded in any empirical reality. The 'third world city' is a Western invention, an imaginative construction that has helped to sustain a geometry of power and control that the West has exerted in one form or another since the first days of colonialism.

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Additional Information:This book chapter reveals the politics of representation underlying depictions of non-Western cities in the literature on third world development. Development discourse is preoccupied with imaginary differences and hierarchies, it argues, and the places it describes are not grounded in any empirical reality. The 'third world city' is a Western invention, an imaginative construction that has helped to sustain a geometry of power and control that the West has exerted in one form or another since the first days of colonialism.
Keywords:Development Discourse, Built Environment, Housing, Shelter, Settlement, Development, Urban, Race, Postcolonial
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K421 Urban Planning
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K440 Urban studies
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
L Social studies > L722 Urban Geography
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture
ID Code:1825
Deposited By: Carl OCoill
Deposited On:05 Mar 2009 16:39
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:31

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