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Is good intention enough to be heard?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2016 (English)In: Voice and Matter: Communication, Development and the Cultural Return / [ed] Oscar Hemer and Tomas Tufte, Gothenburg: Nordicom, 2016, 225-239 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The point of departure for my contribution is a reflection over Appadurai’s approach to hope in relation to the contradictions between the politics and moralities of recognition versus redistribution and the ascription of individualising or structural explanations for the predicament of poor people. The will to give recognition is perspectivised in relation to contemporary developmental ideologies that make grassroots’ connections a moral value. However, an emphasis on hope as a basically individual characteristic or a cultural trait is also problematized in relation to the arguments of traditional ‘theories of ascription’. The explanation of other people’s actions tends to stress their own characteristics rather than the situational conditions under which they act. This may be a constraint for how even well intended academic discourse is received, transforming cultural or individual explanations into static models of the “blame-the-victim” type.

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Gothenburg: Nordicom, 2016. 225-239 p.
Keyword [en]
culture, individual, moral, recognition, redistribution, ascription
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Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135320ISBN: 978-91-87957-31-4ISBN: 978-91-87957-32-1OAI: diva2:1044459
Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-11-03 Last updated: 2016-11-03

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