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A Feminist Challenge to Development Discourse: A Call for Engaged Methods

Taheri, Jaleh LU (2012) SIMT29 20121
Department of Political Science
Master of Science in Development Studies
Graduate School
Abstract (Swedish)
The argument for war is consistently coupled with an elicit call for humanitarian assistance and development intervention. In a world where pre-emptive military ventures are an accepted practice, this powerful argument for “doing good” in the world by saving those “victimized” abroad is particularly problematic. This thesis intends to investigate the hegemonic position of development discourse through a contemporary case study, Women for Sustainable Growth, interwoven with academic discussions on the history of development as a discourse and its implications in the context of the Middle East. Through the lens of Foucault’s pastoral power and Gramsci’s concept of common sense, this study challenges the “status quo” of development in theory... (More)
The argument for war is consistently coupled with an elicit call for humanitarian assistance and development intervention. In a world where pre-emptive military ventures are an accepted practice, this powerful argument for “doing good” in the world by saving those “victimized” abroad is particularly problematic. This thesis intends to investigate the hegemonic position of development discourse through a contemporary case study, Women for Sustainable Growth, interwoven with academic discussions on the history of development as a discourse and its implications in the context of the Middle East. Through the lens of Foucault’s pastoral power and Gramsci’s concept of common sense, this study challenges the “status quo” of development in theory and practice by emphasizing the importance of feminist and participatory methods of research. Through this critical reflection, the thesis argues for refocusing the agency of local practitioners and researchers in the field of development. (Less)
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author
Taheri, Jaleh LU
supervisor
organization
course
SIMT29 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Development, Foucault, Gramsci, Intervention, Middle East, Women, Feminist, Participatory
language
English
id
2541744
date added to LUP
2012-06-14 16:19:08
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2014-05-27 09:58:49
@misc{2541744,
  abstract     = {The argument for war is consistently coupled with an elicit call for humanitarian assistance and development intervention. In a world where pre-emptive military ventures are an accepted practice, this powerful argument for “doing good” in the world by saving those “victimized” abroad is particularly problematic. This thesis intends to investigate the hegemonic position of development discourse through a contemporary case study, Women for Sustainable Growth, interwoven with academic discussions on the history of development as a discourse and its implications in the context of the Middle East. Through the lens of Foucault’s pastoral power and Gramsci’s concept of common sense, this study challenges the “status quo” of development in theory and practice by emphasizing the importance of feminist and participatory methods of research. Through this critical reflection, the thesis argues for refocusing the agency of local practitioners and researchers in the field of development.},
  author       = {Taheri, Jaleh},
  keyword      = {Development,Foucault,Gramsci,Intervention,Middle East,Women,Feminist,Participatory},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {A Feminist Challenge to Development Discourse: A Call for Engaged Methods},
  year         = {2012},
}