This course is intended to introduce students to the field of theorizing about development and to the ways that different actors—states, social movements, international financial institutions, development agencies, and NGOs, and the “populations” (farmers, women, ethnic/racial groups, refugees, street children, sex workers, small entrepreneurs etc.) on whose behalf they claim to act—have engaged with one another through their practices in this field. Our readings will be drawn from a wide array of disciplinary traditions—sociology, history, anthropology, literature, geography, political economy, and feminist, cultural and development studies, among others. We will read development theory and theoretically informed case studies, as well as analyses of the empirical practices of development actors.
Percentage of Latin American Caribbean and/or Latino content: 25%.