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The Spirit of Development

Protestant NGOs, Morality, and Economics in Zimbabwe

By Erica Bornstein

Routledge – 2003 – 225 pages

Series: Religion in History, Society and Culture

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    978-0-415-94383-3
    April 30th 2003
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Description

This work is an ethnographic account of the work of transnational, Christian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Zimbabwe. Protestant NGOs are one of the voices of pluralism in southern Africa, sometimes challenging the state and at other times collaborating with it. The tensions of such engagement are key to understanding the successes and failures of transnational, humanitarian endeavors to foster democratic governance in Zimbabwe. While much scholarship has been focused, theoretically, on the role of NGOs in democratization in Africa regarding international foreign policy, few studies offer empirically grounded insights into how transnational NGOs operate.The Spirit of Development addresses, ethnographically, how an American discourse of Christian humanitarianism transforms and is transformed by, local settings.

Author Bio

Erica Bornstein currently teaches in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University.

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