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Transcendence, sacrifice, and aspiration

This innovative and timely reassessment of political theology opens new lines of critical investigation into the intersections of religion and politics in contemporary Asia. Political Theologies and Development in Asia pioneers the theo-political analysis of Asian politics and in so doing moves beyond a focus on the (Post-)Christian West that has to date dominated scholarly discussions on this theme. It also locates ‘development’ as a vital focus for critical investigations into Asian political theologies. The volume includes contributions by leading anthropologists, sociologists, and political scientists. Each chapter brings new theoretical approaches into conversation with detailed empirical case studies grounded in modern Asia. Not only does the volume illustrate the value and import of this approach to a diverse set of contemporary Asian societies and religions, but it also provides a forceful argument for why political theology itself requires this broader horizon to remain relevant and critical. The focus on ‘development’ – conceptualised broadly here as a set of modern transnational networks of ideas and practices of improvement that connect geographically disparate locations¬¬ – enables a fresh and critical analysis of the ways in which political theology is imagined, materialised, and contested both within and beyond particular nation-states. Investigating the sacred dimensions of power through concepts of transcendence, sacrifice, and victimhood, and aspiration and salvation, the chapters in this collection demonstrate how European and Asian modernities are bound together through genealogical, institutional, and theo-political entanglements, as well as a long history of global interactions.

Policy rethinking in opposition
William Brown

Labour’s Africa policy under the Governments of Tony Blair (1997–2007) and Gordon Brown (2007–10) was remarkable both for its prominence and its ambition. Few UK Governments in recent times have made Africa such a focus of foreign and development policy. Not only did the UK respond actively to crises as they arose, whether in Sierra Leone or Zimbabwe, but the Labour Government came to promote a long-term and high-profile programme of support for African development. Indeed, Labour made so much of the running on international development

in Britain and Africa in the twenty-first century
Bernadette Connaughton

policy illustrates efforts to encourage convergent standards and strengthen national regulation among member states. The ultimate success of this policy area, however, is reliant on effective implementation and compliance within the member states. The chapter illustrates that EU environmental policy has made a greater mark on member state policy than politics and polity and that this inhibits its transformative capacity. The discussion commences with a commentary on international and EU developments in the environmental policy sphere which

in The implementation of environmental policy in Ireland
The Trade Justice Movement
Stephen R. Hurt

With the rise of neoliberal thinking during the 1980s and the associated preference for export-oriented development strategies, trade liberalisation became a firmly established orthodoxy within policy elites. The idea of ‘special and differential’ treatment for developing countries, within the rules of global trade, came under increasing pressure as a result. In the context of UK policy towards Africa, this is a view that was entrenched during the period that followed the end of the Cold War. As Williams noted, ‘both the Conservative and

in Britain and Africa in the twenty-first century
Harry Blutstein

8 Accelerated development ‘Well, in our country,’ said Alice, still panting a little, ‘you’d generally get to somewhere else­– ­if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.’ ‘A slow sort of country!’ said the Queen. ‘Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!’ (Lewis Carroll, Alice through the Looking Glass) Whiz kid On 30 September 1980, after announcing his retirement from the World Bank, Robert McNamara borrowed a quote from

in The ascent of globalisation
Geoffrey K. Roberts and Patricia Hogwood

’s movement xenophobia Yalta conference Youandé Convention [See: Lomé Convention] Young Turks’ revolt Events, groups and developments Related entries are listed at the end of an

in The politics today companion to West European Politics
Richard Dunphy and Luke March

(Bisky, 2010 ). Given the fact that the EL's electoral activity focuses on elections to the European Parliament – of which there have so far been three since the EL's foundation: in 2004, 2009 and 2014 – it seems sensible to examine policy evolution against the backdrop of the manifestos or platforms agreed for those elections, supplemented by other important policy declarations emanating from EL Congresses. In this chapter, we examine policy development within the EL in some detail, always bearing in mind the extent to which policy

in The European Left Party
How rich countries dominate in the twenty-first century
Author: Sam King

"Over a hundred years since the beginning of modern imperialism, the former colonial world is still prevented from joining the club of imperialist powers. The gap between rich and poor countries is not narrowing but growing. China is usually presented as challenging the dominance of the United States and other rich countries. However, imperialist domination over the most sophisticated aspects of the labour process gives the rich countries and their corporations control over the global labour process as a whole – including in China. Third World producers are forced to specialise in the opposite types of work – in relatively simple and low-end labour, for which major price markups and large profits are rarely possible. This is the kernel of unequal exchange in world trade. The imperialist system develops two types of capital – monopoly and non-monopoly capital – and two types of societies – rich, monopoly, imperialist societies and poor, non-monopoly, ‘Third World’ societies. China’s ascendance to become the most powerful Third World country in no way threatens to topple continuing imperialist dominance. Most contemporary Marxist writing has not been focused on global income polarisation and imperialist exploitation of the poor countries. For this reason, it has been unable to explain how exactly the same countries continuously reproduce their dominance. However, the actual conditions of the neoliberal world economy have made explicit how this happens through the labour process itself. In doing so it has also shown how Marx’s labour theory of value can be concretely applied to the conditions of monopoly capital today.

Susan Park

3402 World Bank Group:2634Prelims 12/11/09 14:56 Page 58 3 The World Bank and new norms of development Introduction The previous chapter outlined how international norms constitute and reconstitute IO identities through processes of direct and indirect socialisation. Demonstrating that IOs consume norms from their social structure and reproduce them explains how and why IOs diffuse the norms they do. Building on this framework, this chapter analyses how direct and indirect socialisation from TEANs led to an identity shift within the World Bank via

in World Bank Group interactions with environmentalists
Class, gender and race
Duncan Wheeler

of in Spanish cinema at the time, and commencing with a group of young adults sitting around a table, self-consciously playing up for the camera, the film uses montage and strong visual imagery to deconstruct the human need to tell stories, ranging from anecdotes to grand socio-political narratives. In one scene, a man reads a newspaper article on what Barcelona will be like in 2000 whilst a voice-over talks of the need for responsible growth and development to ensure their grandchildren inherit a great city; the camera cuts to scenes of chaotic construction under

in Following Franco