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What price for privatization? : cultural encounter with development policy on the Zambian copperbelt /
Elizabeth C. Parsons.
Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2010.
xxv, 219 p.
0739140620, 9780739140628
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Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2010.
contents note
Stories we tell ourselves -- Research methods -- Public stories of Zambia's mining history -- Private stories of Zambia's mining history -- "The spirits are not happy" : how Zambians knew things were not well -- "Jealousy is there " : accounting for disparity, ensuring success -- "We are not slaves" : the pain and power of Zambian identity -- "They are always suspecting us" : expatriate experiences of the copperbelt.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Elizabeth C. Parsons is lecturer and codirector of contextual education at Boston University School of Theology.
Review Quotes
It takes a patient listener to write these stories on how local people experience development beyond its material properties. Beautifully written, Parsons' book will surely help development planners to reflect on the cultural dimensions of their work.
This book tells a compelling story of an encounter, or rather a missed encounter, between two cosmologies: that of Western views of development and progress and of the Zambians and their understanding and sense of the world in which they live. The author's detailed fieldwork provides overwhelming evidence that 'development' can only start with acknowledging one's own worldviews and that of others. Development is not making the other in one's own image. I hope that the development establishment will listen.
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Long Description
What Price for Privatization?: Cultural Encounter with Development Policy on the Zambian Copperbelt considers how one African community experienced the sale to foreign investors of its main industry, a group of state-owned copper mines. Everyday Zambians saw a series of uncertain, shifting interactions among individuals, corporations, immaterial forces, and material interests as running counter to hard facts about the state of the mines and the country's overall economy. Supernatural or spiritual forces played a powerful, negative role in what Zambians understood to be happening as a result of privatization. But there was no place within dominant development policy talk to account for this sort of knowledge. Indeed, many of the disappointments and failures that have long characterized development activities can be traced to profound discrepancies existing when local knowledge infused with a particular worldview is overlooked by policymakers. The types of policies that have undergirded development interventions for almost sixty years have elevated economic, political, and operational interests over all others. But such ways of thinking about the world leave huge gaps in comprehension. This is particularly true in regard to the cultural and religious experiences of both the people who devise policies and those who live with the policy consequences. What Price for Privatization? documents such an instance and suggests some intellectual and practical means by which things might change on behalf of the global common welfare.
Main Description
This is a case study of the privatization process of Zambia's copper mines, an intervention carried out according to economic, political, and managerial criteria. What Price for Privatization? demonstrates how these ways of thinking were insufficient for grasping the local, lived context and argues that effective development policymaking can only be done when radical differences in cultural and religious worldviews are more fully understood and appreciated.
Table of Contents
Figuresp. xi
Tablesp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xv
Forewordp. xix
Prefacep. xxi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
Introduction: The Miner's World of Workp. 1
Stories We Tell Ourselvesp. 7
Research Methodsp. 31
Public Stories of Zambia's Mining Historyp. 51
Private Stories of Zambia's Mining Historyp. 103
"The Spirits Are Not Happy": How Zambians Knew Things Were Not Wellp. 115
"Jealousy Is There": Accounting for Disparity, Ensuring Successp. 139
"We Are Not Slaves": The Pain and Power of Zambian Identityp. 157
"They Are Always Suspecting Us": Expatriate Experiences of the Copperbeltp. 171
Conclusionp. 181
Bibliographyp. 195
Indexp. 213
About the Authorp. 219
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