Heron reveals how the desire for development is about the making of self in terms that are highly raced, classed, and gendered, and she exposes the moral core of this self and its seemingly paradoxical necessity to the Other. The construction of white female subjectivity is thereby revealed as contingent on notions of goodness and Othering, played out against, and constituted by, the backdrop of the NorthSouth binary, in which Canada’s national narrative situates us as the “good guys” of the world.
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Desire for Development: Whiteness, Gender, and the Helping Imperative by Barbara Heron
1. Introduction: “Challenging the Development Work(er) Narrative”
2. Where Do Development Workers Really Come From?
3. Development Is ... A Relational Experience
4. Negotiating Subject Positions, Constituting Selves
5. Participants’ Retrospectives: Complicating Desire
6. Summing Up, Drawing Conclusions