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Title:On the Post-Structuralist Critique of Development: A View from North-West Namibia
Author:Friedman, John T.
Periodical:Development Southern Africa
Geographic term:Namibia
Subject:Development and Technology
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/03768350601021822
Abstract:The Namibian government's long-standing plan to dam the Kunene River has generated heated discussion on a number of development issues, both within and outside the country. This article examines the discourses of the various groupings in the so-called Epupa debate by paying special attention to the ways they represent ‘development’, the project and the affected community; and it explores aspects of agency by focusing on Himba people's attempts to assert opposition to the project. The Epupa case also affords us the opportunity to evaluate aspects of the post-structuralist critique of development. The article suggests that the currently fashionable critique offers a simplistic interpretation of the development process and reveals the need for a more thorough (and insightful) scholarly engagement with development.