Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745331492 Published February 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Discordant Development: Global Capitalism and the Struggle for Connection in Bangladesh

Katy Gardner

Discordant Development: Global Capitalism and the Struggle for Connection in Bangladesh

Katy Gardner

Distributed for Pluto Press

280 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745331492 Published February 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745331508 Published February 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

What happens when a vast multinational mining company operates a gas plant situated close to four densely populated villages in rural Bangladesh? How does its presence contribute to local processes of ‘development’? And what do corporate claims of ‘community engagement’ involve? Drawing from author Katy Gardner’s longstanding relationship with the area, Discordant Development reveals the complex and contradictory ways that local people attempt to connect to, and are disconnected by, foreign capital.

Everyone has a story to tell: whether of dispossession and scarcity, the success of Corporate Social Responsibility, or imperialist exploitation and corruption. Yet as Gardner argues, what really matters in the struggles over resources is which of these stories are heard, and the power of those who tell them.

Based around the discordant narratives of dispossessed land owners, urban activists, mining officials and the rural landless, Discordant Development touches on some of the most urgent economic and political questions of our time, including resource ownership and scarcity, and the impact of foreign investment and industrialisation on global development.

Contents

1. Discordant developments: an introduction
2. Histories of connection: colonialism, migration and multinationals
3. Material Connections: Resources and Livelihoods in Duniyapur
4. Our Own Poor: Social Connections, ‘Helping’ and Claims to Entitlement
5. Claims of Partnership and Ethical Connection : Chevron’s Programme of ‘Community Engagement’
6. Rumour and Activism: Politics Break Out
7. Blow Out! Stories of Disconnection and Loss
Bibliography
Index

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