£18.99 | $34.95
11 October 2012
216mm x 138mm
Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Development, Geography, History, Sociology and Social Policy
Culture, Development and Social Theory
Towards an Integrated Social Development
Culture, Development and Social Theory places culture back at the centre of debates in development studies. It introduces new ways of conceptualizing culture in relation to development by linking development studies to cultural studies, studies of social movements, religion and the notion of 'social suffering'. The author expertly argues that in the current world crises it is necessary to recover a more holistic vision of development that creates a vocabulary linking more technical (and predominantly economic) aspects of development with more humanistic and ecological goals. Any conception of post-capitalist society, he argues, requires cultural, as well as economic and political, dimensions.
'In an impressively wide-ranging study of fundamental existential issues, drawing on sources of critical thought from economic and philosophical anthropology, cultural studies and sociology, John Clammer provides a critically engaging analysis of pressing social, economic and environmental concerns which radically reconstitutes our understanding of development and simultaneously demonstrates the progressive political possibilities provided by a profoundly recast cultural turn. This is an important book and deserves to be widely read.'
Barry Smart, Professor of Sociology, University of Portsmouth
'Critically re-engages with culture and nature, and justice and development, towards an imaginative, existential, philosophical anthropology; a powerful, passionate and pellucid text.'
Raymond Apthorpe, SOAS, University of London, and the Royal Anthropological Institute.
'John Clammer's marvelous new book invites us to think again about the idea of development, to reject conventional top-down definitions in favour of the creative ideas carried in ordinary life and those social sciences that have remembered the importance of the idea of culture - urgent and timely advice for all those concerned with development in today's globalized world.'
Peter Preston, Professor of Political Sociology, University of Birmingham
Table of Contents
Part I. On culture and development
1. Transforming the discourse of development: culture, suffering and human futures
2. On cultural studies and the place of culture in development
3. Aid, culture and context
4. Liberating development from itself: the politics of indigenous knowledge
Part II. Expanding the boundaries of development discourse: two illustrations
5. Reframing social economics: economic anthropology, post-development and alternative economics
6. Culture and climate justice
Part III. Development, culture and human existence
7. Narratives of suffering: human existence and medical models in development
8. Towards a sociology of trauma: remembering, forgetting and the negotiation of memories of social violence
9. The aesthetics of development
10. Emotions of culture, social movements and social transformation
About the Author:
John Clammer is currently Visiting Professor of Development Sociology at the United Nations University, Tokyo. Previously he taught development sociology, contemporary Asian studies and the sociology of art at Sophia University, Tokyo. He has taught, researched or been a visiting professor at the University of Hull, the National University of Singapore, the Australian National University and the universities of Buenos Aires, Kent, Essex, Oxford, Pondicherry, Handong (South Korea) and the Bauhaus Universitat Weimar. His academic and practical interests range over development sociology, environmental sociology, urban sociology, the sociology of religion, post-colonialist indigenous social theory, social movements, economic anthropology and alternative and post-capitalist economies, the sociology of art and critical social theory, both Western and non-Western. His current research relates to solidarity economics, issues of art and society and the place of culture in development and in particular alternative forms of sustainable development. He is the author of numerous books, including most recently Diaspora and Belief: Globalisation, Religion and Identity in Postcolonial Asia.
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