Using recent research on development projects around the world, this book argues that culture has become an explicit tool and framework for development discourse and practice. Providing a theoretical and empirically informed critique, this informative book includes conceptual overviews and case studies on topics such as:
development for indigenous people
natural resource management
social capital and global markets for Third World music
post-apartheid South Africa
cultural difference in the USA's late capitalism.
The editor concludes by evaluating the outcomes of development's `cultural turn', proposing a framework for future work in this field. By combining case studies from both `Third World' and `First World' countries, the book, ideal for those in the fields of geography, culture and development studies, raises innovative questions about the `transferability' of notions of culture across the world, and the types of actors involved.
University of Cambridge, UK