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Postmodernism translated: towards hybrid development research

abstract Exhibiting a highly divisive agenda postmodernism has created profound chasms across scientific communities. In development studies its radical impetus has translated into the postdevelopment perspective which violently repudiates the modernist development project. This project distils two distinct discourses of working upon the epistemological raw material postmodernism provides: an exclusivist discourse which reinforces the chasm by isolating postmodernism, and an inclusivist discourse which fosters mutual engagement between modernism and postmodernism. I contrast the trajectory of these discourses in the disciplines of development studies and geography, and find the hegemony of an inclusivist discourse in development studies to yield a higher radical potential and more incitements for enabling theory production than the recent preponderance of an exclusivist discourse in geography.

Based on five case studies I demonstrate how postmodern thought has percolated to development practice across a number of dimensions to produce what I call hybrid research. Drawing on this analysis I suggest to think of the relationship between modernism and postmodernism not as two competing paradigms, but rather as two poles of negotiation between which a future sustained engagement could occur to enrich the theoretical body of a discipline.
   
keywords postmodernism, postdevelopment, postcolonialism, radicality, hybridity
   
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type fundamental research project
status completed
start of project 2004
end of project 2005
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topics postmodernism, postdevelopment, postcolonialism, radicality, hybridity
methods discourse analysis
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