Lecture 1 Notes
I. Development as mode of action vs. development as philosophy about progress and
the nature of human beings (not mutually exclusive)
II. Western Stage Theories of Progress, going back to the Enlightenment (differ
from earlier, med
Question: Who Gets to be undeveloped?.
George Hegel on Africa, in the Phenomenology of History (183?):
The peculiarly African character is difficult to comprehend, for the very reason that in
reference to it, we must quite give up the princip
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1) Over the course of colonialism, the justification for colonial governance shifted
from race to economics. This was especially marked after WW II (after all, the
Allies had just fought a war against Nazis and all). Bu
Lecture Notes 3
Colonialism and Development
1) Colonialism was, especially in the early phase of what weve called Stage 2 (or
administrative colonialism), always described as a civilizing mission, even though
it was also about opening p
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Post-colonialism, neo-colonialism, etc.
A. Indigenous elites (compradorial class) and debt creation. Incentives to
foreign corporations, staffed by local elites.
B. Bretton Woods, the World Bank, the IMF
C. The Concept of the Th
Lecture 2 Notes
Some major themes of post-Enlightenment Western stage theories and unilinear
1) Unilinear stage theories tend to assume a universally shared rationality (means for
achieving ends) and values (goals, ends). Anthropology doe
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Ref: lecture on the implications of linear history, and the genesis of actual development
work in the colonial context, leading up to post-colonialism and the Cold War and the
heyday of big development
In the 19th and early twent
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Why the economic theory that underpins almost all development thought is wrong.
Summing up Stage Theories from last time, and offering 3 propositions:
A. We dont really believe in them anymore, but often do believe in a telos,
1. Modernization theory
a. Sees the state as potentially good
2. Dependency Theory
Critical of the state
Fix things by delinking from foreign investment
Focus of the theory is where the money is going
Who is getting rich and getti
Essay prompt: What is antipolitics: an example of antipolitics so far?
Introducing Ferguson Anti-Politics Machine
1. "The development apparatus"
a. (World Bank employs 10,000 people, IMF over 2,500; 5,000 for UN