POWER, INEQUALITY, CHANGE AND UNCERTAINTY: VIEWING THE WORLD THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT PRISM

Matt Smith, John Donnelly

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Abstract

In order to sustain our argument that a blending of visual sociology and the sociology of development can be productive and politically engaged, we need to locate the debate in the wider developmental context into which sociological interventions can be made. As this chapter will demonstrate, popular understandings of development, mostly mediated by visual imagery, reflect a rapidly changing development industry, as well as affording significant social theoretical insights. Thus, we need to briefly consider some of the key features of the development landscape, and the ways in which sociologists might engage in this, particularly in the context of the globalisation of development; the ways in which processes of globalisation are transforming the actors and agents involved in development, the roots of development authority and legitimacy and the changing ways in which development is defined and understood. This already hints at an important link with the visual; “development” must be understood as being linked to the same processes and relationships which underpin a world increasingly shaped by the visual image.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSeeing is Believing?
Subtitle of host publicationApproaches to Visual Research
EditorsChristopher J. Pole
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald
Pages123-146`
Number of pages24
Volume7
ISBN (Electronic)9781849502115
ISBN (Print)9780762310210
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2004

Publication series

NameStudies in Qualitative Methodology
Volume7
ISSN (Print)1042-3192

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