Description - The Paternalism of Partnership by Maria Eriksson Baaz
Responding to recent criticism of the development industry, this book is a nuanced and original investigation of Northern donor agency personnel as they deliver aid in Tanzania. It explores how donor identities are manifested in the practices of development aid, and how calls for equal partnership between North and South often take a very different form in practice. It illustrates the conflicts and tensions in the development aid process, reflecting both the longstanding critique of the eurocentric nature of development, and discourse that still assumes images of the superior, initiating, efficient 'donor' as opposed to the inadequate, passive, unreliable 'partner' or recipient. The book will be useful as an introduction to postcolonial studies and the ways in which it can throw light on contemporary social realities, and to those interested in the ethnographic realities of aid delivery.
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Author Biography - Maria Eriksson Baaz
Maria Eriksson Baaz is a researcher at the Department of Peace and Development Research (Padrigu), Goteborg University, where she obtained her PhD. She has been a visiting Professor at Dublin City University and guest researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, and has advised a number of development organizations.