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Cultures of Development : Vietnam, Brazil and the Unsung Vanguard of Prosperity (Hardcover) (Jonathan
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The North Atlantic development establishment has had an unenviable track record over the past sixty-five years. In addition to a sizeable portfolio of failure, the few economic success stories in the developing world, such as South Korea and China, have been achieved by not taking the advice of Western experts. These empirical realities have not prompted a rethinking of basic assumptions about economies and what is good for them. Instead, debates within mainstream development studies remain largely confined to a narrow emphasis on the size and quality of government. As a remedy, political economists and critical development scholars have long called for a reckoning with social orders and power. Building on this counsel, this book makes the case for addressing culture as well. Among students and scholars of development, there is a general lack of attention given to discourses, subjectivities and semiotics. To help correct this oversight,Cultures of Development brings cultural studies to economics. It moves beyond critique and identifies agents, organizations and projects toward which development monies and energies should be devoted.