New Donors on the Postcolonial Crossroads: Eastern Europe and Western Aid - Routledge Explorations in Development Studies (Hardback)Tomas Profant (author)
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After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Eastern European countries were said to be playing catch up with the West, and in the field of development cooperation, they were classified as 'new donors.' This book aims to problematize this distinction between old and new development donors, applying an East-West dimension to global Orientalism discourse.
The book uses a novel double postcolonial perspective, examining North-South relations and East-West relations simultaneously, and problematizing these distinctions. In particular, the book deploys an empirical analysis of a 'new' Eastern European donor (Slovakia), compared with an 'old' donor (Austria), in order to explore questions around hierarchization, depoliticization and the legitimization of development.
This book's innovative approach to the East-West dimension of global Orientalism will be of interest to researchers in postcolonial studies, Eastern European studies, and critical development studies.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 467 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Excerpt from review in Europe-Asia Studies Journal
"This book brings a fresh perspective to the study of the new(er) Central and Eastern European (CEE) aid donor countries. The book adopts a post-development framework... and is undoubtedly the first major attempt to systematically use postcolonial theory to make sense of the current development discourses relating to the East-West divide among Northern donors. Scholars embracing the postcolonial view of development studies will find much to like in the way this book problematises the East-West dichotomy and attempts to break it down. The book's contribution to this literature, by drawing attention to the need to look at (and question perceptions of) differences within the Global North and how these affect the construction of the Global South, is highly significant." -- Balazs Szent-Ivanyi, Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Relations, Aston University, UK
"In this important book, Tomas Profant challenges ideological divisions which have been shaping the post-Cold War development industry. In a compelling manner, this rigorous study addresses socio-political and cultural hierarchization of 'old' and 'new' European donors, demonstrating that the separation is not simply a function of major differences between Eastern and Western aid providers, but instead a reflection of deep, often discriminatory and orientalising cuts that shape European fabric. A must read not only for those interested specifically in foreign aid politics, but everyone interested in European issues." -- Elzbieta Drazkiewicz, Maynooth University, Ireland
"The author presents a comprehensive analysis in which theoretical and empirical parts are linked in an exemplary manner. It displays lucid, nuanced and sharp observations concerning discursive relations of power in seemingly harmless everyday statements." -- Aram Ziai, University of Kassel, Germany
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