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Labelling in Development Policy: Essays in Honour of Bernard Scha

Labelling in Development Policy: Essays in Honour of Bernard Schaffer - Geof Wood

London, Beverley Hills & New Delhi: SAGE, 1985, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine. Previous owners' name to the pastedown.

Number 16/3 in the series. Includes: Tables;

From the cover: “Labelling is an instrument of power by which the relationships between class interests and institutional processes are constructed and sustained. To the extent that labelling shelters behind an ideology of rationality, through the ‘scientific’ definition of people’s problems, it avoids being perceived as prejudice but is seen as natural and objectively true.

As labelling is a generic process in society, Labelling in Development Policy does not address the issue of whether or not we label people, but which labels are created, and whose labels prevail to define a situation or policy area. The focus of the book is the particular kind of labels or abstractions which arise in development policy areas as an aspect of the donative political discourse associated with the development agendas of poor countries. It refers to the process by which people, conceived of as objects of policy, are defined in convenient images.

The book attempts to reveal the political in the apparently non-political and to break down the hegemony by exposing it in different policy areas — itinerants in Ireland, low-income housing in Colombia, refugees in Cyprus, rural earth workers in Bangladesh, child malnutrition, public welfare in Fiji and the language of international development.

Labelling in Development Policy was originally conceived with Bernard Schaffer, who died in May 1984. His critique of the culture of poverty exposes the relationship between the science of anthropology and the politics of policy labelling. This book makes an important contribution to the study of development and development policy, and to the related disciplines of politics, sociology and anthropology.”

Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards. In the SAGE Development Studies series. 178 pages.
Labelling in Development Policy: Essays in Honour of Bernard Scha