Slicing up ‘development’: Colonialism, political theory, ethics

  title={Slicing up ‘development’: Colonialism, political theory, ethics},
  author={Shiraz Dossa},
  journal={Third World Quarterly},
  pages={887 - 899}
Abstract In this paper I argue that ‘development’ was not devised to ‘develop’ the South; it was invented to advance Western development and Western hegemony. What its aficionados fail to grasp is that the failure of ‘development’ is not accidental: colonial mastery of the South was necessary achieve this end. I thus spell out the political theory and ethics driving development and its links with the colonial project. I conclude that, theoretically and practically, development as usual has… Expand
The Rise of Postcolonial States as Donors: a challenge to the development paradigm?
Abstract The idea of development co-operation—the ‘development paradigm’—took shape during the decades of global decolonisation and growing political autonomy of the former colonies. It can beExpand
Postmodernism in development studies: The last bastion of the noblesavage
Introduction Postmodernism (PM) has had a massive influence throughout social science; in development it has taken the form of post-developmentalisms (PD’s). It has become increasingly intellectuallyExpand
Pathways to post-liberal peace: Perspectives on the ‘common good’ in peace and statebuilding
Historically, the issue of transition from violent conflict has always been linked to questions of the common good. Yet, priorities and definitions have significantly changed over time, as has theExpand
Understanding the World Bank’s Education for all Policy as Neoliberal Governmentality
Education processes and practices are connected in fundamental ways to the contexts from which they arise and in which they operate. While context is often understood as referring to the local andExpand
The State of Affirmation in Peacebuilding: Locating Pragmatic Transitions
Peacebuilding’s history has undergone several stages, all characterised by a contestation between normative perspectives, realist power struggles and pragmatism. The rediscovery of internal violentExpand
Frantz Fanon and the problematic of decolonization: perspectives on Zimbabwe
Abstract The failure to achieve meaningful development by African countries, especially those that inherited relatively advanced infrastructure at independence, has remained a conundrum. UtilizingExpand
Marxist Perspectives on the Global Enclosures of Social Reproduction
Women’s unpaid care and domestic work is gaining relevance in policy-making as well as in academia. Feminist scholars and activists have lobbied successfully for the integration of unpaid care andExpand
Chiadzwa Resistance to Development Dispossession: Kleptocracy and Rural Struggles in Zimbabwe
This article recognizes and analyzes rural resistance to the proliferation of the fateful experience of modernity and its related commercial industrial principles. Resistance by rural communitiesExpand
Depoliticising Gender Equality in Turbulent Times: The Case of the European Gender Action Plan for External Relations
Since more than a decade, the EU is confronted with a number of crises that significantly changed the environment under which the EU operates in the field of gender equality. Evidence shows, that inExpand
Development Intervention on the Ground. Inherent rationales of aid and their encounter with local dynamics in three Cambodian villages
Hasselskog, Malin (2009) Development Intervention on the Ground. Inherent rationales of aid and their encounter with local dynamics in three Cambodian villages, PhD dissertation in Peace andExpand


Reflections on 'Rationality' and 'Development'
Despite the ascerbic and bitter critique of those who opposed a triumphant capitalism, the 19th century glorified ’progress’. The First World War and, after a short interlude, the Depression, theExpand
Beyond Development: An Islamic Perspective
The notion of development is deeply entrenched in an imperialistic and conflict-ridden world view of the. west. It is totally unsuited to both the needs and requirements as well as the visions andExpand
The Ethics of Development: From Economism to Human Development
Preface 1. What is the Ethics of Development? 1.1. Why Development Ethics? Cases and Questions Extreme poverty amidst immense riches Health and sickness, needs and profits Towards a 'calculus ofExpand
Whose Dream Was it Anyway? Twenty-Five Years of African Independence
WHEN THE UNION JACK was lowered at midnight and the green white and green flag of Nigeria raised in its place on October 1st 1960, there was considerable optimism in the British press about theExpand
From Racial to Class Apartheid: South Africa's Frustrating Decade of Freedom
The end of the apartheid regime was a great human achievement. Yet the 1994 election of an African National Congress (ANC) majority—with Nelson Mandela as the new president—did not alter the enormousExpand
Universalism without foundations?
At a time when the notion of universal values is coming under attack from a variety of positions, Martha Nussbaum’s new book is a rigorously argued attempt to defend the ideal. Taking cognizance ofExpand
The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke
This important reinterpretation of political theory from Hobbes to Locke not only freshly illuminates the thought of that period but throws new light on all that followed it.
Empire & ‘civilizing’ missions, past & present
Daedalus Spring 2005 Imperialism’ is a frustratingly vague term, but a useful one–and not only for outside observers and protesting subjects.1 Historically, rulers have often sought to make theirExpand
The Other Side of Foreign Investment by Imperial Powers
In the era of the rise of industrial capitalism and its development in western Europe and the USA the transfer of part of the income from the major colonies played a critical part in boostingExpand
Recognized and Violated by International Law: The Human Rights of the Global Poor
Various human rights are widely recognized in codified and customary international law. These human rights promise all human beings protection against specific severe harms that might be inflicted onExpand