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POL377H1F L5101

Topics in Comparative Politics I

Violence, Development, and Difference


International organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank view violence as one of the most serious obstacles to development due to its negative effects on human welfare and economic growth. However, there are many more ways in which violence and development are intertwined. Historically, one can note a mutually reinforcing relation between Western development and colonial violence. More recently, international development projects have had deadly consequences for subaltern peoples and their different cultural, political, and economic ways of being in the world. This course conceptually and empirically explores the contentious links between violence and development by focusing attention on the problem of difference, that is, the diverse visions of social life held by those inhabiting the margins of the Global South.