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Bewitching development : witchcraft and the reinvention of development in neoliberal Kenya

Author: James Howard Smith
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Series: Chicago studies in practices of meaning.
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"These days, development inspires scant trust in the West. For critics who condemn centralized efforts to plan African societies as latter day imperialism, such plans too closely reflect their roots in colonial rule and neoliberal economics. But proponents of this pessimistic view often ignore how significant this concept has become for Africans themselves. In Bewitching Development, James Howard Smith presents a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Smith, James Howard.
Bewitching development.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008
(DLC) 2008000461
(OCoLC)176978887
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Howard Smith
ISBN: 9780226764597 0226764591
OCLC Number: 802283913
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 269 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Bewitching development : the disintegration and reinvention of development in Kenya --
I still exist! Taita historicity --
Development's other : witchcraft as development through the looking glass --
"Each household is a kingdom" : development and witchcraft at home --
"Dot com will die seriously!" spatiotemporal miscommunication and competing sovereignties in Taita thought and ritual --
NGOs, gender, and sovereign child --
Democracy victorious: exorcising witchcraft from development --
Conclusion: Tempopolitics, or why development should not be defined as the improvement of living standards.
Series Title: Chicago studies in practices of meaning.
Other Titles: Witchcraft and the reinvention of development in neoliberal Kenya
Responsibility: James Howard Smith.
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