What Price for Privatization?

What Price for Privatization? : Cultural Encounter with Development Policy on the Zambian Copperbelt

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This is a case study of the privatization process of Zambia's copper mines, an intervention carried out according to economic, political, and managerial criteria. What Price for Privatization? demonstrates how these ways of thinking were insufficient for grasping the local, lived context and argues that effective development policymaking can only be done when radical differences in cultural and religious worldviews are more fully understood and appreciated.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 266 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white tables, figures
  • 0739140620
  • 9780739140628

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Prologue: The Miner's World of Work Chapter 2 Chapter One: Stories We Tell Ourselves Chapter 3 Chapter Two: Research Methods Chapter 4 Chapter Three: Public Stories of Zambia's Mining History Chapter 5 Chapter Four: Private Stories of Zambia's Mining History Chapter 6 Chapter Five: "The Spirits are Not Happy:" How Zambians Knew Things Were Not Well Chapter 7 Chapter Six: "Jealousy is There:" Accounting for Disparity, Ensuring Success Chapter 8 Chapter Seven: "We are not Slaves:" The Pain and Power of Zambian Identity Chapter 9 Chapter Eight: "They are Always Suspecting Us:" Expatriate Experiences of the Copperbelt Chapter 10 Chapter Nine: Conclusion
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Review quote

It takes a patient listener to write these stories on how local people experience development beyond its material properties. Beautifully written, Parsons' book will surely help development planners to reflect on the cultural dimensions of their work. -- Dorothea Hilhorst, Wageningen University This book tells a compelling story of an encounter, or rather a missed encounter, between two cosmologies: that of Western views of development and progress and of the Zambians and their understanding and sense of the world in which they live. The author's detailed fieldwork provides overwhelming evidence that 'development' can only start with acknowledging one's own worldviews and that of others. Development is not making the other in one's own image. I hope that the development establishment will listen. -- Severine Deneulin, author of Religion in Development: Rewriting the Secular Script
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About Elizabeth C. Parsons

Elizabeth C. Parsons is lecturer and co-director of contextual education at Boston University School of Theology.
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