MLA Proseminar: International Development
This proseminar addresses the idea and practice of “development” writ large. It will examine the evolution of concepts and theories related to “development," identifying shifts in thinking from the late 19th century through the present age of "globalization." It will consider the relationships and disjunctures between political developmenton the one hand, and economic and social development on the other. The latter half of the course will address specific debates over alternative visions and experiences of development, with linkages to the processes of democratization, nation-building, and globalization. The seminar will conclude with a look at the “view from below" in discourses of development, considering the perspectives of marginalized groups such as workers, women, and peasant communities.