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Book Launch - 'Race, Racism and Development'

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 18:30 to 20:30

On 29 January 2013 LIDC and the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies at Birkbeck organised a book launch of 'Race, Racism and Development: Interrogating History, Discourse and Practice' by Kalpana Wilson (Zed Books) hosted at the Institute of Education (IOE). Firoze Manji, Head of Codesria's Documentation and Information Centre, Dakar, provided discussant's comments, and Parvathi Raman, chair of the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, SOAS, moderated the discussion.

Listen to the audio recording on Soundcloud

The discussion explored the following issues:

  •         How are race and racism central to development – and why have they remained an arena of silence within development studies?
  •         How does race structure the relationships between NGOs, corporates and people’s resistance? What are the implications for transnational political solidarity?
  •         How can anti-racist feminists respond to the new representations of women in the global South as agents of development?
  •         Why are racialised population control policies once again at the forefront of the development agenda?
  •         How does DfID’s approach to diasporas relate to the War on Terror and the reconfiguration of British racism?


About the book:

'Race, Racism and Development' places racism and constructions of race at the centre of an exploration of the dominant discourses, structures and practices of development. Combining insights from postcolonial, race critical and feminist theory with a political economy framework, it puts forward provocative theoretical analyses of the relationships between development, race, capital, embodiment and resistance in historical and contemporary contexts. Exposing how race is central to development policies and practices relating to human rights, security, good governance, HIV/AIDS, population control, NGOs, visual representations and the role of diasporas in development, the book raises compelling questions about contemporary imperialism and the possibilities for transnational political solidarity. More