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IDS Bulletin 48.1A

Back to the Ivory Tower? The Professionalisation of Development Studies and their Extension to Europe

Published on 25 September 2017

The convention is that development studies cover only the ‘developing’ countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America, a sort of academic counterpart of OXFAM.

But this convention is ceasing to be viable for European social scientists, and indeed it is starting to be harmful. The assumption that ‘their’ problems are intrinsically different from ‘ours’ is not merely patronising; it has become a hindrance to the transfer of experience. It is also associated with political commitment of a sort that hinders professional progress.

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Dudley Seers

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http://dx.doi.org/10.19088/1968-2017.138
language
English

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