The Spirit of Development Paperback

Protestant NGOs, Morality, and Economics in Zimbabwe

by Erica Bornstein;

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The Spirit of Development

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Religious NGOs are important sources of humanitarian aid in Africa, entering where the welfare programs of weakened states fail to provide basic services. As collaborators and critics of African states, religious NGOs occupy an important structural and ideological position. They also, however, illustrate a key irony - how economic development, a symbol of science, progress, and this-worldly material improvement, borrows heavily from other-worldly faith. Through a study of two transnational NGOs in Zimbabwe, this book offers a nuanced depiction of development as both liberatory and limiting. Humanitarian effort is not a hopeless task, but behind the liberatory potential of Christian development lays the sad irony that change can bring its own disappointments. While rapt attention has been given to the supposed role of NGOs in democratizing Africa, few studies engage with the ground operations; Questioning the assumption that economic development is a move away from religious mysticism toward the scientific promise of progress, the author offers a remarkable account of development that is neither defeatist nor comforting.

The Spirit of Development by Erica Bornstein was published by Stanford University Press in August 2005. The ISBN for The Spirit of Development is 9780804753364.

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Page last updated 21st October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherStanford University Press (August 2005)
Number of Pages228
Thickness17 mm
Height231 mm
Width154 mm
Product Code1194611
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