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Contradiction and change? NGOs, schools and the public faces of development


  • Matt Smith

    (Sociology and Criminology Subject Group, Northumbria University, Newcastle UK)


This paper addresses the contradictions that increasingly shape the public faces of development. Focusing on examples of the communication of development by International Non-Governmental Organizations and UK schools, emphasis is placed on the social, political, economic and cultural dynamics that inform the public faces of development, and the tensions and dilemmas that these produce. The paper also highlights the need to look beyond the formal institutions and machineries of development to understand the contemporary production of development's public faces. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Matt Smith, 2004. "Contradiction and change? NGOs, schools and the public faces of development," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(5), pages 741-749.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:16:y:2004:i:5:p:741-749
    DOI: 10.1002/jid.1125

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