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Postcolonialism and Development - A critical analysis of “The European Consensus on Development”

Idh Lundgren, Linnea LU and Peacock, Claire LU (2010) STVA21 20102
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The discursive analysis of development began in the 1980’s. We will continue in its tradition, specifically with a focus on the often concealed ties shared by development theory and colonial theory. The aim of this investigation is to reveal the similarities between modern development policy and colonialism with the intention of positively affecting the development discourse. Our object of study is ‘The European Consensus on Development’ (EU 2006), which identifies the values, common goals, principles and commitments that are prioritized in the European Union’s development policy. We have critically analyzed the document to find hidden signs of colonial thinking. To facilitate our analysis, the presence of ‘othering’ and paternalism are... (More)
The discursive analysis of development began in the 1980’s. We will continue in its tradition, specifically with a focus on the often concealed ties shared by development theory and colonial theory. The aim of this investigation is to reveal the similarities between modern development policy and colonialism with the intention of positively affecting the development discourse. Our object of study is ‘The European Consensus on Development’ (EU 2006), which identifies the values, common goals, principles and commitments that are prioritized in the European Union’s development policy. We have critically analyzed the document to find hidden signs of colonial thinking. To facilitate our analysis, the presence of ‘othering’ and paternalism are used as indicators of colonial traits. We conclude that colonialism and development share commonalities, though they are well concealed. Where similarities do exist, the goals of colonial policy and development often differ. Our analysis indicates that development is loosening its ties with its colonial heritage. (Less)
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Idh Lundgren, Linnea LU and Peacock, Claire LU
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organization
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STVA21 20102
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L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
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keywords
post-colonialism, colonialism, EU, development theory, paternalism, the ‘others’
language
English
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1759181
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2011-02-10 16:32:34
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  abstract     = {The discursive analysis of development began in the 1980’s. We will continue in its tradition, specifically with a focus on the often concealed ties shared by development theory and colonial theory. The aim of this investigation is to reveal the similarities between modern development policy and colonialism with the intention of positively affecting the development discourse. Our object of study is ‘The European Consensus on Development’ (EU 2006), which identifies the values, common goals, principles and commitments that are prioritized in the European Union’s development policy. We have critically analyzed the document to find hidden signs of colonial thinking. To facilitate our analysis, the presence of ‘othering’ and paternalism are used as indicators of colonial traits. We conclude that colonialism and development share commonalities, though they are well concealed. Where similarities do exist, the goals of colonial policy and development often differ. Our analysis indicates that development is loosening its ties with its colonial heritage.},
  author       = {Idh Lundgren, Linnea and Peacock, Claire},
  keyword      = {post-colonialism,colonialism,EU,development theory,paternalism,the ‘others’},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Postcolonialism and Development - A critical analysis of “The European Consensus on Development”},
  year         = {2010},
}