Decolonizing Development: Colonial Power and the Maya by Joel WainwrightDecolonizing Development: Colonial Power and the Maya by Joel Wainwright

Decolonizing Development: Colonial Power and the Maya

byJoel Wainwright

Paperback | February 11, 2008

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Winner of the 2010 James M. Blaut Award in recognition of innovative scholarship in cultural and political ecology (Honors of the CAPE specialty group (Cultural and Political Ecology))

Decolonizing Development investigates the ways colonialism shaped the modern world by analyzing the relationship between colonialism and development as forms of power.

  • Based on novel interpretations of postcolonial and Marxist theory and applied to original research data
  • Amply supplemented with maps and illustrations
  • An intriguing and invaluable resource for scholars of postcolonialism, development, geography, and the Maya
Joel Wainwright is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the Ohio State University.
Title:Decolonizing Development: Colonial Power and the MayaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:330 pages, 9.04 × 6.02 × 0.7 inPublished:February 11, 2008Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1405157062

ISBN - 13:9781405157063

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Table of Contents

List of figures.




Part I: Colonizing the Maya.

1. The territorialization of southern Belize.

2. The matter of the Maya farm system.

3. An archaeology of Mayanism.

Part II: Aporias of development.

4. From colonial to development knowledge.

5. Settling: fieldwork in the ruins of development.

6. Finishing the critique of cultural ecology.




Editorial Reviews

“Drawing on philosophy and political theory and a close study of Belize, Wainwright provides a startlingly original reading of development and its others. He shows how recognizing the national territoriality of developmental discourses highlights oft-overlooked continuities between colonialism and globalization, and forces us to reconsider the relation between metropolitan capitalism and its contestations.” –Eric Sheppard, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota “Joel Wainwright has produced a wide-ranging and penetrating critique of development in Belize, which puts empirical meat on the bones of postcolonial, critical, and discursive theories. Sophisticated and deeply researched, this case study will have broad appeal. It speaks to the political and economic problems of indigenous people, and to the way these troubles are intertwined with the academic obsession with studying these groups.” –Richard Wilk, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University