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The Political Economy of Desire : International Law, Development and the Nation State
This book offers an intelligent and thought-provoking analysis of the genealogy of Third World 'development'. Beard identifies the concept of development within western culture as a symptom of loss within the desire for completion. The logic behind the economic restructuring of nations as underdeveloped is revealed as that ruthless imaginary by which First World nations maintain their ideal of themselves as an ideal.
Beard departs from the common position that development and underdevelopment are conceptual outcomes of the Imperialist Era and positions the genealogy of development within early Christian writings in which the western theological concepts of sin, salvation, and redemption are expounded. In doing so, Beard links the early Christian writings of theologians such as Augustine, Anselm and Abelard to the processes of modern identity formation of which the West, the First World, the Rule of Law and the individual subject and his or her freedoms are but a part. Drawing from anthropology, economics, historiography, philosophy of science, theology, feminism, cultural studies and development studies, this book contains the best of interdisciplinary work in international law.
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Taylor & Francis
December 11, 2006
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