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The ambivalent cosmopolitanism of international NGOs

Yanacopulos, Helen and Baillie Smith, Matt (2007). The ambivalent cosmopolitanism of international NGOs. In: Bebbington, Anthony J.; Hickey, Sam and Mitlin., Diana C. eds. The challenge of development alternatives: can NGOs make a difference? London: Zed, pp. 298–315.

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The chapter examines ways that development is constructed, represented and mediated by NGOs to northern publics – their Public Engagement – and examines the often ambivalent relationship between NGOs and cosmopolitan politics that this engagement is predicated on. Forms of NGO engagement can help us understand their capacity to offer serious development alternatives, most notably in the form of a transnational politics of justice based on the values of solidarity.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 1-84277-893-5, 978-1-84277-893-7
Keywords: Cosmopolitanism; development; NGOs; civil society; public engagement
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 9739
Depositing User: Helen Yanacopulos
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:49
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