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    Worlds beyond the political? Post-development approaches in practices of transnational solidarity activism

    Wilson, Kalpana (2017) Worlds beyond the political? Post-development approaches in practices of transnational solidarity activism. Third World Quarterly 38 (12), pp. 2684-2702. ISSN 0143-6597.

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    This article considers some ways in which one strand of post-development thinking has influenced NGO-led activist discourses and practices of transnational solidarity. It argues that there has been a tendency for these discourses and practices to rearticulate racialised constructions of unspoiled and authentic ‘natives’ requiring protection which are historically embedded in colonial practices of governance. In turn, this has meant the failure to acknowledge indigenous histories of political organisation and resistance. Further, the characterization of development in binary terms as both homogenous and always undesirable has meant the delegitimisation of demands for equality as well as the neglect of the implications of the decisive shift from developmentalism to neoliberal globalization as the dominant paradigm. Drawing upon a discussion of aspects of the local, national and transnational campaign to prevent proposed bauxite mining in the Niyamgiri hills in Odisha (India), I argue that given that international NGOs are themselves embedded in the architecture of neoliberal development and aid, their campaigning activities can be understood as facilitating the displacement and marginalization of local activists and silencing their complex engagements with ideas of development. This potentially diffuses and depoliticises opposition to neoliberal forms of development, while transposing collective agency onto undifferentiated publics in the global North, processes which however continue to be actively resisted.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): post-development, neoliberalism, Vedanta, NGOs, transnational solidarity
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Kalpana Wilson
    Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 13:25
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:35


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