Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television and Social Media

Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television and Social Media

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Overview

Although the academic study of development is well established, as is also its policy implementation, less considered are the broader, more popular understandings of development that often shape agendas and priorities, particularly in representative democracies.

Through its accessible and provocative chapters, Popular Representations of Development introduces the idea that while the issue of ‘development’ – defined broadly as problems of poverty and social deprivation, and the various agencies and processes seeking to address these – is normally one that is discussed by social scientists and policy makers, it also has a wider ‘popular’ dimension. Development is something that can be understood through studying literature, films, and other non-conventional forms of representation. It is also a public issue, one that has historically been associated with musical movements such as Live Aid and increasingly features in newer media such as blogs and social networking. The book connects the effort to build a more holistic understanding of development issues with an exploration of the diverse public sphere in which popular engagement with development takes place.

This book gives students of development studies, media studies and geography as well as students in the humanities engaging with global development issues a variety of perspectives from different disciplines to open up this new field for discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781135902636
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/23/2014
Series: Rethinking Development
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

David Lewis is Professor of Social Policy and Development at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom.

Dennis Rodgers is Professor of Urban Social and Political Research at the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Michael Woolcock is Lead Social Development Specialist with the World Bank's Development Research Group in Washington, DC, and Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Popular Representations of Development  David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers, and Michael Woolcock  Part 2: Literature and Fiction  2. The Fiction of Development: Literary Representation as a Source of Authoritative Knowledge  David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers, and Michael Woolcock3. Notes on Teaching International Studies With Novels: ‘Hard Times’, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ and ‘The Quiet American’ John Harriss  4. Considering ‘Pedagogical’ Fictions and Metanarratives of Development: 1 World Manga Veronica Davidov  Part 3: Media and Television 5. More News is Bad News: Why Studies of ‘the Public Faces of Development’ and ‘Media and Morality'  should be concerned with reality TV programmes Martin Scott  6. 'Hidden in Plan Sight': Baltimore, The Wire and the politics of under-development in urban America Simon Parker  Part 4: Film  7. The Projection of Development: Cinematic Representation as An(other) Source of Authoritative of Knowledge? Simon Parker  8. Affective Histories: Imagining Poverty in Popular Indian Cinema Esha Shah  Part 5: Public Campaigns   9. Visual Representations of  Development: The Empire Marketing Board Poster Campaign 1926-1933 Uma Kothari  10. Band Aid Reconsidered: Sentimental Cultures and Populist Humanitarianism Cheryl Lousley  Part 6: New Media  11. Blogs + Twitter = Change? Discursive Reproduction of Global Governance and the Limits of Social Media Tobias Denskus and Daniel E. Esser  12. Followme.intdev.com: International Development in the Blogosphere Ryann Manning  Part 7: Conclusion  13. Conclusion: Popular Representations of Development - Taking Stock, Moving Forward David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers, and Michael Woolcock

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