Labelling in Development Policy: Essays in Honour of Bernard Schaffer (Sage Development Studies)

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Labelling in Development Policy reveals how labelling is perceived as natural and objective by sheltering behind an ideology of rationality. In reality labelling is an instrument of power through which the relationships between class interests and institutional processes are constructed and sustained. The book focuses on labels which arise in development policy areas as an aspect of the donative political discourse associated with the development agendas of poor countries. It refers to the process by which people, conceived of as objects of policy, are defined in convenient images.

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`Sociologists of development have long experienced the difficulty of using concepts developed for the analysis of industrialised societies outside that context -- a problem reflected in much of the input of their sub-discipline coming either from political theories or economic ones. All the more welcome then is a contribution which seeks to apply an important sociological concept, that of labelling, to the development process. This volume of essays focuses on public policy associated with aid donors, and presents wide-ranging case materials on itinerants in Ireland, low income housing in Columbia, refugees in Cyprus, rural workers in Bangladesh and poor relief in Fiji -- all of which are given coherence by the editor′s excellent theoretical introduction.′ -- British Journal of Sociology, 1986

`Bernard (Schaffer) would have been delighted with the liveliness of the contributions to this volume.′ -- Public Administration and Development Vol 7 No 1

`warmly recommended′ -- The Journal of Development Studies, Vol 23 No 1, October 1986

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