Discourse, Power, and Development: Turning a Critical Lens on INGOs

Monday, 16 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC09 Social Transformations and Sociology of Development (host committee)

Language: English

This panel turns its attention to the International Nongovernmental Organizations that shape development practices. By asking about the discourses, imaginaries, and assemblages of international development work, this panel takes a critical approach to thinking about the role of INGOs. What discourses shape the work of INGOs? How are those discourses created, validated, and perpetuated and what does this tell us about where power lies? What is the effect of these discourses in practice? Considering implications of development discourses for the politics of power in development aid allows for a more critical and reflexive study of international development. A careful interrogation of the construction of the various actors of development and the “needs” that development aid addresses shapes this panel’s discussion to bring us collectively closer to a critical reflection on the roles and work of INGOs.
Session Organizer:
Mollie PEPPER, Northeastern University, USA
Oral Presentations
INGOs, Neoliberalism, and the Global Movement to Combat Labor Trafficking
Stephanie LIMONCELLI, Loyola Marymount University, USA