Power and Development

Mary Lawhon, Joseph Pierce

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Development is a power-laden process involving the reconfiguration of power relations between individuals and institutions as well as across spaces and scales. Geographers have participated (and continue to participate) in the exertion of power by providing data and theoretical justification for development, while also providing critical analysis of these processes. Scholars have argued that development is enabled and constrained by power entangled in global political economic relations, in economic relations at the micro-scale, and by the practice of intentional development actors. Further, power is exerted through the discourse of development which promotes universalized notions of progress and societal evolution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology
EditorsNoel Castree, Michael Goodchild, Audrey Kobayashi, Weidong Liu, Dick Marston, Douglas Richardson
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
ISBN (Electronic)9781118786352
ISBN (Print)9780470659632
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2017


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