Development Studies and Postcolonial Studies: Disparate Tales of the Third World

Christine Sylvester

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    This article presents and juxtaposes critical genealogies of develpment studies and postcolonial studies, two bodies of liberature on the 'Third World' that ignore each other's missions and writings. I demonstrate that the two fields have some areas of convergence, such as groundings in knowledge of and concern about the West, and other areas of divergence: development studies does not tend to listen to subalterns and postcolonial studies does not tend to concern itself with whether the subaltern is eating. I argue that, of the two fields, postcolonial studies has the greatest potential to be a new and different location of human development thinking if it can overcome a tendency to lock into intellectual rather than practical projects of postcolonialism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)703-722
    JournalThird World Quarterly
    Publication statusPublished - 1999


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