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Non-Governmental Public Action

Development beyond Politics

Aid, Activism and NGOs in Ghana

Authors: Yarrow, Thomas

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Is 'development' the answer for positive social change or a cynical western strategy for perpetuating inequality? Moving beyond an increasingly entrenched debate about the role of NGOs, this book reveals the practices and social relations through which ideas of development are concretely enacted.

About the authors

THOMAS YARROW is Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University, UK. He has undertaken ethnographic research on a range of subjects including Ghanaian NGOs, the Volta Resettlement project and the interface between archaeology and anthropology. He has theoretical interests in development, globalization, public culture, space and place.

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'Never before, in studies of African NGO's and development, has cosmopolitan activism been taken so seriously, as it is in this deeply insightful ethnography of Ghanaian elites. Yarrow rethinks for activists' practice and rhetoric what Afro-pessimists dismiss as 'corruption'. The break-through in this important contribution to wider debate about ideology and action comes free of the old snap-shot methodologies which have produced so many Afro-pessimist shibboleths. With greater time depth, this book's wealth of original life histories reveals the actual long-term commitments to the public good which activists deliberately cultivate, over decades, in inter-ethnic friendships, in national alliances, and in the lasting networks arising from ideologically motivated movements of students and other youth. What Yarrow's analysis shows at the heart of the new cosmopolitanism is, in a word, daring ..A remarkable study.' -Richard Werbner, Emeritas Professor of Anthropology, University of Manchester, UK

'Do you ever hesitate between trying to change things for the better and giving up hope? If so, read this book. It will not help you to decide, but holds wise lessons about how to live with the tension.' - Annemarie Mol, Professor of Anthropology of the Body, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

'Yarrow's book is a fresh and exciting contribution. The booming literature on African development and NGOs often disappoints in its failure to get beyond externalities and structures. Development beyond Politics is an intellectually sophisticated exploration of Ghanaian lives and voices within the politics and processes of development. It has innovative argument, suggestive comparative perspective and sureness of judgment. I expect this book to command a wide audience in African, development and NGO studies, and to stimulate readers far beyond these fields. I warmly commend a book that is genuinely original in its approach and argument. This is first-rate stuff.' - T.C. McCaskie, Professor of the History of Africa, School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, UK


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Development beyond Politics
Book Subtitle
Aid, Activism and NGOs in Ghana
Authors
Series Title
Non-Governmental Public Action
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-31677-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230316775
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-23642-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-31448-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 199
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