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In Pursuit of ProgressNarratives of Development on a Philippine Island$
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Hannah C. M. Bulloch

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824858865

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824858865.001.0001

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Multiple Meanings of Development

Multiple Meanings of Development

(p.1) 1 Multiple Meanings of Development
In Pursuit of Progress

Hannah C. M. Bulloch

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides a genealogy of the idea of development in Western thought and reviews related “post-development” arguments which critique the ways in which discourses of development construct subaltern peoples. It then brings together ethnographic work that traces how people in specific localities adopt, conceive of, deploy and negotiate discourses and practices of development and the politics inherent in this. In reviewing this, at each step the author further advances key arguments in the literature, with reference to the material pertaining to Siquijor detailed in the chapters that follow.The author then argues that discourses of development can simultaneously yet differentially act on power relations at different scales, from local to global.

Keywords:   meta-narratives, discourse, development, post-development, anthropology of development, power, ethnography, local notions of development, meanings of development, symbols

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