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Title: An ethnographic study of the development interface : knowledge, power, culture and the phenomenon of the development community
Author: Bunting, I.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1997
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This study is an analytical description of the process of Development Intervention. It is facilitated by way of a historiography of intervention in Tanzania, an analysis of development discourse and an ethnography of the development interface, i.e. "the space of contact" between that set of institutional relationships, programmes, mechanisms, methods and ideology that constitute the development apparatus. It is an ethnography of the interface between development assistance agencies, local bureaucracies, and indigenous communities. I have structured the work in three parts. (1) An ethnographic survey and analysis of the development assistance community. I have recorded the experiences and responses from persons from persons engaged in the development interface. It is informed by observations of behaviour within the development interface. This I have done by improvising with a concept of "An Observing Participant". (2) The second part explores the theoretical aspects of development intervention and the nature of cross-cultural encounter it generates. The social construction of meaning in development discourses and the power-knowledge nexus is central to my analysis of the socio-cultural, psychological implications of development intervention in Africa. (3) The third part of the study is reflexive whereby I look at the Socio-economic and cultural heritage of interpretative social science in the context of imperialism and locating myself as an observing participant in the development drama. I provide insights into the power relations and cultural manifestations of development programmes on indigenous institutional capacity and reformation in the dominated but resisting communities of Africa. It highlights and describes processes in which ideas, technologies and institutions are engaged, the ideology infusing these engagements and the effects of this on cultural change together with the individuals and different cultural groups engaged and affected.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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