A Productive Turn on Development: an analysis of how a focus on subjectivities can alter the concept and practice of development as productive

Iben Bjørgulf Antonsen, Charlotte Ertebjerg Katholm & Tina Olesen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The project in hand is based on the experience of how the concept of development throughout our time of study in various occasions has been perceived and spoken of in slightly critical, negative and pessimistic terms. The way development has been out-lined has been much in line with post-developmental thinkers’ critique of development, where the dominant perception is that development assistance is an act of exploitation and Westernisation. In this point of view, the developed part of the world operates in a repressive manner where the goal is to transform the underdeveloped part of the world into being similar to Western culture and civilisation. The aim of the following project is to turn this pessimistic picture of development, be-ing unproductive and repressive, around. This investigation of turning the notion of development into a productive and positive concept will be based on the assumption that a central focus should be on subjectivities. Additionally, an emphasis on the power-knowledge relation between the donors and recipients is highlighted as pos-sibly being something other than dominating and repressive.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato25 maj 2011
VejledereBodil Folke Frederiksen


  • emancipation
  • development
  • subjectivities
  • power-knowledge relations