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Chapter 5: The Cultural Turn in Development: Questions of Power
The Cultural Turn in Development: Questions of Power
After the cultural turn has upset most social sciences, it finally comes to economics and to the bundle of practices called development. Why is culture being introduced into development discourse? Western ethnocentrism as the implicit culture of developmentalism is no longer adequate in the age of accelerated globalization (or ‘polycentrism in a context of high interaction’). In relation to global concerns such as ecological questions the west is no privileged interlocutor. The old paradigm of modernization/westernization is no longer valid, not just on account of polycentrism but also in view of the questioning of modernity. Questioning western itineraries is no longer an anti-imperialist preoccupation but a matter of soul-searching in ...