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Title: The discourse of development : the control of communication between cultures
Author: Querejazu, Moira
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1987
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This thesis focusses on the various levels involved in the development process with particular attention to a Quechua speaking community in the Andes in Southern Bolivia in which several development projects are being Implemented. The process of development involves the identification of problems, the setting of certain goals, and the provisions of certain means to achieve. what is perceived as a change which will go towards solving the Identified problems. However, for this process to work from the outset it assumes the groups of people Involved share the same interpretation of the terms and criteria to Identify the problems, of the problems themselves, of the need for the type of change intended and of the preconceptions and aims in general. This thesis considers that this situation is a great deal more complicated. It explores the extent to which there is understanding, conflict and miscommunication about the relevant concepts, ideas and assumptions on the part of those differentially involved in and affected by the development process. Since 'development' involves political and cultural interests of different groups questions are raised concerning the relationship between economic goals, power, communication and translation. It is precisely because of these that the discourse approach to development is considered relevant.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral