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Cultural Change and Persistence : New Perspectives on Development - William Ascher

Cultural Change and Persistence

New Perspectives on Development

By: William Ascher (Editor), John M. Heffron (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 19th January 2011
ISBN: 9780230109148
Number Of Pages: 263

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Cultural Change and Persistence addresses the complex challenge of pursuing development while safeguarding cherished aspects of deeply-rooted cultural practices and beliefs. Through cases from multiple world regions, the authors tackle the thorny problem of how to define and identify cultural aspects worthy of persistence. They document how leaders and activists use culture to shape development and vice versa, with examples ranging from the use of historical understandings to promote or critique economic development strategies, to efforts to modify cultural practices in order to prevent their decline. The cases provide penetrating insights into effective strategies for pursuing both cultural integrity and development.  

"This work shrewdly and compellingly advances the important topic of culture and economic development, enriching efforts ranging from anthropology (e.g. Stephen Gudeman) to World Bank economists. The authors cut through and across older formulations, for example, in their useful comparison of globalization and modernization and in their suggestive correlations of cultural factors as inhibiting and energizing development. As one favoring analysis both contextualizing and generalizing, I recommend this book for both scholars and practitioners." - James Peacock, Kenan Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina and former president of the American Anthropological Association

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Contributorsp. xiii
Rethinking Culture and Development: Patterns of Change and Persistencep. 1
Normative Considerations in Promoting Cultural Preservation or Changep. 25
"Old Times There Are Not Forgotten": Southern Traditionalism and American National Developmentp. 43
Nationalism and the Politics of Language: Analogies from Europe for the Pacific Basinp. 67
Are Cultural Tensions "Cultural"? Public Responses to Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese Migration in the Russian Far Eastp. 81
Cultural Transition and Village Discourse in Twentieth-Century Chinap. 113
How Our Village Becomes "Ecocultural": Change, Resilience, and Social Capital in Southwest China Minority Communitiesp. 133
"The Ramlila Project": Indian Identities in an Age of Globalizationp. 147
Mexico from Mestizo to Multicultural: Arts and Identity at the Turn of the Millenniump. 169
Global Citizenship, Cultural Change, and Education Policy in Japan and New Zealandp. 183
Culture and Law on the Durand Line: Continuity and Changep. 203
Conclusions: Intertwining Cultural Adaptation and Economic Developmentp. 233
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780230109148
ISBN-10: 0230109144
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 263
Published: 19th January 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1