Living excluded from the world: essentialism in development discourse and its percolation into Santomean self-perceptions

@article{Soekoe2020LivingEF,
  title={Living excluded from the world: essentialism in development discourse and its percolation into Santomean self-perceptions},
  author={Nicola Soekoe},
  journal={Anthropology Southern Africa},
  year={2020},
  volume={43},
  pages={156 - 168}
}
Using an analysis of development discourse in and about São Tomé and Príncipe (STP), this article aims to trace the relationship between sociocultural constructions of difference and socio-economic structures of exclusion in the global development project. Using ethnographic data from a rural fishing village and from development professionals, I show how development discourse constructs STP as a place that is perpetually marginal and assigns essentialist traits to the islands and their people… Expand
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