Investigating Developmentalism: Notions Of Development In The Social Sphere by Dev Nath PathakInvestigating Developmentalism: Notions Of Development In The Social Sphere by Dev Nath Pathak

Investigating Developmentalism: Notions Of Development In The Social Sphere

byDev Nath PathakEditorAmiya Kumar Das

Hardcover | June 28, 2019

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Compiling various strands of the dis/enchantment with development discourse in contemporary South Asia, with specific focus on the cases from India, this edited book brings together anthropologists, sociologists, economists, and historians to refresh the understanding of development. It introduces ways of thinking "otherwise" about development discourse and what the contributors term "developmentalism"-the social enchantment with development. The cultural discourse of development in contemporary South Asia manifests not only in the official programs of state agencies, but in cinema, television, and mass media. Dear to various stakeholders-from government leaders and manufacturers to consumers and the electorate-is the axiom of a "development(al) society." Organized to bridge familiar understandings of development with radical ways of thinking through developmentalism, this book holds value for those engaged in the anthropology and sociology of development, development studies, South Asian studies, as well as for development professionals working for state and non-governmental organizations.


Dev Nath Pathak is Assistant Professor of Sociology at South Asian University, New Delhi, India. He is the author of Living and Dying: Meanings in Maithili Folklore (2018), the editor of Another South Asia! (2017), and, most recently, co-editor ofIntersections of Contemporary Art, Anthropology and Art History in South Asia: Decoding Vi...
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Title:Investigating Developmentalism: Notions Of Development In The Social SphereFormat:HardcoverDimensions:241 pagesPublished:June 28, 2019Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3030174425

ISBN - 13:9783030174422

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Developmentalism: On a Trope of (Dis)Enchantment
Part One: Discontentment and Disenchantment
Chapter 2: The Danger of Development Today: An Inevitable Polemic
Chapter 3: The Enchantment of Urbanization: Closer Look at Market's Narrative in Indian Cities
Part Two: Dramatics and Enchantment
Chapter 4: The Art of Showing: Imagining Development in Indian Mediascape
Chapter 5: Crafting Development and Developing Craft: An On-going Dialogue
Chapter 6: Documentaries and the Development Project: Filmmaking as a Discursive Practice
Chapter 7: "Tayyari Jeet Ki": The Production of Childhood as a Cultural Trope of Developmentalism
Part Three: Details of Discontents
Chapter 8: Development, Marginality, and 'Contested Space' in th eCoastal Kerala, South India
Chapter 9: Resurgence of Community in the Midst of Despair: Development's Changing Course in Northeast India
Chapter 10: (Re)producing Middle Class" On Development as Middle Classes Mission
Chapter 11: Frictions in Resistance: Imagining Post-neoliberal Developmental Possibilities