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Alireza F. Farahani and Azadeh Hadizadeh Esfahani

a deep, creative and radical democracy ( Jakimow, 2008 ; McFarlane, 2006). With these insights, pragmatism can contribute to the development of a form of reflexive development practice that allows you to remain sane and do something useful. In this chapter, four dilemmas in the field of development are introduced and connected to broader difficulties in doing development which relies on big-D and little-d perspectives as well as efforts to practise reflexive development. Drawing on examples from Iran regarding the production of development documents

in The power of pragmatism
Wolfgang Müller-Funk

. They establish a ‘contact zone’ (Pratt, 1991 , 34; Schimanski, 2018 , 101–3). The artist makes use of the concept of the membrane especially in the case of intercultural experiences. In 2011, she created the installation Teheran-Membranen (‘Tehran Membranes’, see Figure 1.1 ) which was the result of a visit as artist in residence to Iran, where she was confronted with an unknown ‘strange’ country – but it also refers to meetings with colleagues. She comments on her installation with the words: ‘Through the membrane of your words I am looking at you – through the

in Border images, border narratives
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The power of pragmatism
Jane Wills and Robert W. Lake

. Drawing on their experience in Iran, they argue that pragmatism can “transform [the] quest for transcendental, a-temporal and placeless models and frameworks towards socially-oriented, contingent, and community- based knowledgeability”. In sum, The power of pragmatism contains strong messages about the implications of pragmatism for social-science research practice and knowledge production. We highlight these broad implications in the conclusion to the book, in which we offer pragmatism as an orientation that skirts the twin challenges of rationalism and

in The power of pragmatism