Politics of global social relations: Organising 'everyday lived experiences' of development and destitution

Weber, Heloise (2010) Politics of global social relations: Organising 'everyday lived experiences' of development and destitution. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 64 1: 105-122. doi:10.1080/10357710903460048

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Author Weber, Heloise
Title Politics of global social relations: Organising 'everyday lived experiences' of development and destitution
Journal name Australian Journal of International Affairs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-7718
Publication date 2010-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10357710903460048
Volume 64
Issue 1
Start page 105
End page 122
Total pages 18
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article offers a political analysis of development and poverty reduction
initiatives from a social-relational perspective. More specifically, the author
draws on the example of microfinance schemes to illustrate the way in which
poverty reduction policy is increasingly advanced in response to social
resistance to experiences of destitution, which is itself produced through
development. The perspective the author advances disrupts conventional
framings of development and poverty in terms of independent domains
abstracted from social relations of power and resistances. Furthermore, it
brings into view the global dimension of these social relations, articulated
and co-constituted through a range of actors across different levels of
governance. Through the social-relational lens, the development paradox is
also revealed: development processes have produced destitution which, in
turn, becomes the target of poverty reduction (‘development’) initiatives,
which are themselves yet again premised upon either realising economic
growth or maintaining, at a fundamental level, social relations of inequality
and dispossession. This paradox is neither explicable nor discernable from
orthodox conceptions of the international political economy of development.
© 2010 Australian Institute of International Affairs.
Keyword Neoliberalism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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