As Christmas approaches and the infamous Band Aid charity song Do They Know it’s Christmas resurfaces on radios, in supermarkets and in malls, so do old and harmful stereotypes of poor people living in oblivious destitution, in need of a foreigner’s donation to help them escape poverty. These stereotypes portray the poor as passive recipients of aid and poverty as a phenomenon disconnected from structural political and economic processes. In recent years, alternative charity awards – the Raid-Aid Awards – have been organized every December. This is a concerted effort to counteract the negative stereotypes perpetuated by many charity videos and songs.Read More »
Where do critical development scholars go to present their work? Where can you go to engage in critical economic development debates? To answer these questions, I’ve put together a list of important upcoming critical economic development conferences that I know about (as usual, economic development is understood in a broad, interdisciplinary manner).
Where do critical development economists publish their articles and blog posts? Where can you read critical research on development economics? What kind of textbooks do critical development economists teach from? Here is a preliminary list of journals, blogs, and textbooks (but please send any additions you might have!).
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By Douglas McDonald [re-blog from NSER]
Last Friday was the Debating Development conference, organized by the titular scholars of INET’s Young Scholars Initiative, a group coordinated by NSSR’s own Ingrid Kvangraven. The conference put many scholars of different regions and different theoretical perspectives in conversation. Although it was titled “debating development,” as NSSR economics professor Sanjay Reddy noted in his opening remarks, most of the perspectives presented were more intersecting than mutually exclusive, so the conference could also be understood as a means to compound or complexify perspectives, rather than adopt or discard them.
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