'Development' is usually a means of trying to suture the complexities and inequalities of the modern world by reducing them—however counter-productive the results—to instrumental and technologically-driven terms. Rethinking the issues using a variety of theoretical and disciplinary approaches exposes the intellectual poverty of much existing work.


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