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The Spirit of Development

Protestant Ngos, Morality, and Economics in Zimbabwe

By Erica Bornstein, Bornstein Erica

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Format: Paperback, 228 pages
Published In: United States, 08 August 2005
“ The Spirit of Development is a truly ground-breaking work on a topic of extraordinary contemporary significance. It provides a powerful and exceptionally revealing demonstration of how ethnographic methods and anthropological concepts can be brought to bear on the study of those ‘ non-governmental organizations’ that play an increasingly prominent (and ill-understood) role in the contemporary social and political life of much of the world. It should be required reading for all scholars concerned with ‘ development, ’ Christianity, and humanitarianism, in Africa and beyond.” — James Ferguson, Stanford University
“ Bornstein shows how ideas of material and spiritual development relate to each other in the everyday practices of development executives in California and their counterparts in Zimbabwe. As illustrated here, ‘ faith-based development’ compels fresh engagement with the cosmologies of capitalist development. Rarely have classic concerns in social theory been made so directly relevant to understanding topical issues.” — Harri Englund, University of Cambridge

About the Author

Erica Bornstein is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

EAN: 9780804753364
ISBN: 0804753369
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Dimensions: 23.11 x 15.44 x 1.73 centimetres (0.35 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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