The gendered violence of development: imaginative geographies of exclusion in the imposition of neo-liberal capitalism

Coleman, Lara (2007) The gendered violence of development: imaginative geographies of exclusion in the imposition of neo-liberal capitalism. The British Journal Of Politics And International Relations, 9 (2). pp. 204-219. ISSN 1467-856X

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Abstract

In this article I consider how gendered hierarchies are constitutive of neo-liberal development and the violence attendant upon it. Building on Arturo Escobar's observation that violence is constitutive of development, I explore how the violent imposition of neo-liberal development is legitimised through the inscription of gendered imaginative geographies, which define ‘savage’ spaces of exclusion in need of ‘civilising’ development interventions. Drawing on the example of contemporary Colombia, I trace how the development discourse produces space in this way by normalising certain identities and political rationalities—those associated with competition and rational economic behaviour—while representing others as errant, as hyper-masculine subjects prone to violence or ‘pre-rational’ feminised subjects.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Nadya Herrera Catalan
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2015 11:08
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2015 11:08
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/57209
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