Reconstituting the 'Third World'? poverty reduction and territoriality in the global politics of development

Weber, Heloise (2004) Reconstituting the 'Third World'? poverty reduction and territoriality in the global politics of development. Third World Quarterly, 25 1: 187-206. doi:10.1080/0143659042000185408

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Author Weber, Heloise
Title Reconstituting the 'Third World'? poverty reduction and territoriality in the global politics of development
Journal name Third World Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-2241
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0143659042000185408
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 187
End page 206
Total pages 10
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 1606 Political Science
1605 Policy and Administration
Abstract This article explores the relationship between the politics of international development and the reproduction of global inequality. I argue that contemporary discourses about— and the practices of—'development for developing countries' represent an attempt to reconstitute the political utility of the 'Third World'. In an era of globalisation the deployment of the notion of a Third World of 'developing countries' which require immediate, systemic attention through the discourse and practice of international development continues to provide a way of both disciplining and displacing the global dimension of social and political struggle. I refer to this dynamic in terms of the political utility of the Third World, which, I argue, has been conducive to the organisation of global capitalism and the management of social and political contradictions of inequality and poverty. I develop this argument by drawing on the historical implications and legacy of 'international development' as practised in and on the Third World and through a critical analysis of the methodological premises that constitute international development. I illustrate this by drawing on a key strategy aimed ostensibly at development: the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (prsp) approach, promulgated by the World Bank and the imf, which I discuss in relation to the 'development agenda' inaugurated during the 1999 wto meeting in Doha (Qatar). I argue that the ideology and practice of the global politics of international development reinforce the conditions of global inequality, and must be transcended as both an analytical framework and an organising principle of world politics. While the prsp and related approaches are currently presented as key elements in the building of the 'architecture for (international) development', what is emerging is a form of governance that attempts to foreclose social and political alternatives.
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