Culture, Development and Social Theory places culture back at the center of debates in development studies, introducing new ways of conceptualizing culture in relation to development by linking development studies to cultural studies, studies of social movements, religion and the notion of "social suffering." The author expertly argues that in the current world crisis it is necessary to recover a more holistic vision of development that creates a vocabulary linking more technical (and predominantly economic) aspects of development with more humanistic and ecological goals. Furthermore, that any conceptions of post-capitalist economies and societies require cultural as well as economic and political dimensions.
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About the Author
John Clammer is currently Visiting Professor of Development Sociology at the United Nations University. Previously he taught development sociology, contemporary Asian studies and the sociology of art at Sophia University, Tokyo. He has taught, researched or been a visiting professor at the University of Hull, the National University of Singapore, the Australian National University and the Universities of Buenos Aires, Kent, Essex, Oxford, Pondicherry, Handong (South Korea) and the Bauhaus Universitat Weimar. His academic and practical interests range over development sociology, environmental sociology, urban sociology, the sociology of religion, post-colonialist indigenous social theory, social movements, economic anthropology and alternative and post-capitalist economies, the sociology of art and critical social theory, both Western and non-Western. His current research relates to solidarity economics, issues of art and society and the place of culture in development and in particular alternative forms of sustainable development. He is the author of numerous previous books including most recently Diaspora and Belief: Globalisation, Religion and Identity in Postcolonial Asia.