Popular Representations of Development
Insights from Novels, Films, Television and Social Media
Edited by David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers, Michael Woolcock
To Be Published August 23rd 2013 by Routledge – 258 pages
Although the academic study of development is well established, as is also its policy implementation, less considered are the broader, more popular understandings of development that often shape agendas and priorities, particularly in representative democracies.
Through its accessible and provocative chapters, Popular Representations of Development introduces the idea that while the issue of ‘development’ – defined broadly as problems of poverty and social deprivation, and the various agencies and processes seeking to address these – is normally one that is discussed by social scientists and policy makers, it also has a wider ‘popular’ dimension. Development is something that can also be understood through studying literature, films, and other non-conventional forms of representation. It is also a public issue, one that has historically been associated with musical movements such as Live Aid and increasingly features in newer media such as blogs and social networking. The book connects the effort to build a more holistic understanding of development issues with an exploration of the diverse public sphere in which popular engagement with development takes place.
This book gives students of development studies, media studies and geography as well as students in the humanities engaging with global development issues a variety of perspectives from different disciplines to open up this new field for discussion.
Part 1: Introduction 1. Popular Representations of Development David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock Part 2: Literature and Fiction 2. The Fiction of Development: Literary Representation as a Source of Authoritative Knowledge David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock 3. Notes on Teaching International Studies With Novels: ‘Hard Times’, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ and ‘The Quiet American’ John Harriss 4. Considering ‘Pedagogical’ Fictions and Metanarratives of Development: 1 World Manga Veronica Davidov Part 3: Media and Television 5. More News is Bad News: Expanding the Scope of Studies of ‘the Public Faces of Development’ and ‘Media and Morality' Martin Scott 6. What You Know About Baltimore? Creative Reconstruction, The Wire and Uneven Development in the Contemporary American City Simon Parker Part 4: Film 7. The Projection of Development: Cinematic Representation as An(Other) Authoritative Source of Knowledge David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock 8. “Not an Effect but an Affect”: Representations of Poverty in Popular Indian Cinema Esha Shah Part 5: Public Campaigns 9. Visual Representations of Empire and Development: The Empire Marketing Board Poster Campaign Uma Kothari 10. Affective Economies: Band Aid, Live Aid and Sentimental Cultures in Development Cheryl Lousley Part 6: New Media 11. Virtual Reflection or Viral Critique? Analyzing Social Media Coverage of the 2010 MDG Summit Tobias Denskus and Daniel Esser 12. Followme.intdev.com: International Development in the Blogosphere Ryann Manning
David Lewis is Professor of Social Policy and Development at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom.
Dennis Rodgers is Professor of Urban Social and Political Research at the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Michael Woolcock is Lead Social Development Specialist with the World Bank's Development Research Group in Washington, DC, and Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University.