What do we mean by development?

The giraffe

I’ve been thinking about that we actually mean by development, and came across this really good presentation on Slideshare which, I think, sums up the main issues and approaches commonly used to define development:

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According to Kurt Maton’s 2003 article Pierre Bourdieu and the epistemic conditions of social scientific knowledge, Bourdieu argued that there are three potential biases in knowledge claims: social origins of the researcher; the researcher’s position in the intellectual field; and viewing the world as a spectaclewhich in the figure below (Source: Maton 2003, p. 57) is expressed as the objectifying relationbetween the knower (in this case the external development actors) and the known (the development process or population).
In a nutshell, I think this aspect of ‘viewing the world as a spectacle’ is one of the reasons why I have a…

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