This book shows that far from simply a narrative about societal change, for many people throughout the world development is a narrative about transforming selves. As such, it both shapes and is shaped by local categories of difference and intergenerational life aspirations. It also shows that notions of development vary not only across localities and between groups, but individuals can at once hold multiple and even contending ideals of development, prioritizing different views in different contexts. These contending notions are underscored by wider tensions in society regarding what constitutes a good life and how we should relate to one another morally, as social and economic beings.
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