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A genealogy of epistemic and technological determinism in development aid discourses

Jan Cherlet (2011) Proceedings of the DIME workshop 'technology, institutions and development.
abstract
In the last decade or so, the major development agencies have explicitly turned the spotlights on ‘knowledge for development’, ‘ICT for development’, or the ‘knowledge economy’ as new panacea to prompt development. This article argues, first, that knowledge and technology have always been integrally part of the very idea of ‘development’ since its emergence during Enlightenment. Recent appeals to knowledge or technology for development should be placed in an age-long genealogy of similar rationales. Second, the article elucidates that discourses about the roles of knowledge and technology in development have always varied widely, with deterministic and less deterministic interpretations often existing along each other. In this article, the many different interpretations are unravelled. Even today, very opposing roles are ascribed to knowledge and technology in development. Whereas strong versions of technological and epistemic determinism still reverberate in some present-day development discourses, they are simultaneously countered by discourses focusing on ‘capacity building’.
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conference
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subject
keyword
capacity building, ICT4D, knowledge for development, development studies, technological determinism, epistemic determinism
in
Proceedings of the DIME workshop 'technology, institutions and development
pages
31 pages
publisher
Ghent University, Dept of Third World Studies
place of publication
Ghent, Belgium
conference name
DIME Workshop 'Technology, Institutions and Development', Max Planck Institute
conference location
Jena, Germany
conference start
2011-02-18
conference end
2011-02-19
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
C1
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I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
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1108904
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1108904
date created
2011-01-24 11:37:20
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2017-01-02 09:52:20
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  author       = {Cherlet, Jan},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the DIME workshop 'technology, institutions and development},
  keyword      = {capacity building,ICT4D,knowledge for development,development studies,technological determinism,epistemic determinism},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Jena, Germany},
  pages        = {31},
  publisher    = {Ghent University, Dept of Third World Studies},
  title        = {A genealogy of epistemic and technological determinism in development aid discourses},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Cherlet, Jan. 2011. “A Genealogy of Epistemic and Technological Determinism in Development Aid Discourses.” In Proceedings of the DIME Workshop  ’Technology, Institutions and Development. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Dept of Third World Studies.
APA
Cherlet, J. (2011). A genealogy of epistemic and technological determinism in development aid discourses. Proceedings of the DIME workshop  ’technology, institutions and development. Presented at the DIME Workshop “Technology, Institutions and Development”, Max Planck Institute, Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Dept of Third World Studies.
Vancouver
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Cherlet J. A genealogy of epistemic and technological determinism in development aid discourses. Proceedings of the DIME workshop  ’technology, institutions and development. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Dept of Third World Studies; 2011.
MLA
Cherlet, Jan. “A Genealogy of Epistemic and Technological Determinism in Development Aid Discourses.” Proceedings of the DIME Workshop  ’Technology, Institutions and Development. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Dept of Third World Studies, 2011. Print.