An Ethnography of Ngo Practice in India

An Ethnography of Ngo Practice in India : Utopias of Development

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Through an ethnographic study of the 'Barefoot College', an internationally renowned non- governmental development organisation (NGO) situated in Rajasthan, India, this book investigates the methods and practices by which a development organisation materialises and manages a construction of success. Paying particular attention to the material processes by which success is achieved and the different meanings and discourses that they act to perform, this book offers a timely and novel approach to how the world of development NGOs and development ideologies work. The author argues that the College, as a prolific producer of various forms of development media, achieves its success through materially mediated heterotopic spectacles: enacted and imperfect utopias that constitute the desires, imaginings and Otherness of its society. The chapters that follow consider the different scenarios through which success was realised at the College. -- .
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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12.7mm | 449.06g
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 12 black & white illustrations
  • 1784992992
  • 9781784992996

Table of contents

Introduction: selling the Barefoot College
1 Strands of history
2 An award controversy
3 India is shining
4 Solar spectating: the witnessing of development success
5 Circuits of knowledge
6 Replication and its troubles
Conclusion: the frayed edges of the spectacle
Index -- .
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About Stewart Allen

Stewart Allen was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science -- .
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