The Globalizers Development Workers in Action

by Jeffrey T. Jackson

Part of the Johns Hopkins Studies in Globalization Series

The Globalizers Development Workers in Action Synopsis

Using Honduras as a case study, Jeffrey T. Jackson illuminates the processes by which wealthy western countries target countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East for political economic construction, or nation building. In the process, he draws a provocative connection between the efforts of international development workers and the emergence of global governance. Jackson examines the significant roles played by international development workers- the globalizers -operating in Honduras over the past thirty years, particularly in the troubled construction of the El Cajon hydroelectric dam, the creation of maquiladoras, and the multinational relief, recovery, and reconstruction efforts following Hurricane Mitch. He finds in the international development community a close-knit coalition of policy makers who have inserted themselves into the local political process and pushed the Honduran nation-state to conform to international norms and integrate into a transnational structure of governance. Jackson examines the mechanisms of power at the disposal of these development organizations, the expertise of those administering development aid, the agency of development workers, and the benefits that accrue to donor countries. In doing so he makes a persuasive connection between nation building and global governance-raising important questions about whose nations are being built and why.

The Globalizers Development Workers in Action Press Reviews

An admirable study of the development machinery in Honduras... A wonderful and compelling guide through the world of development. This work should get students, scholars, and the general public to seriously rethink it as anything but charitable, temporary, or minimal in its import. * American Journal of Sociology * A detailed overview of how development works in a specific context, it could be well utilized in graduate courses as well as advanced undergraduate courses in globalization and development... A good read in a literary sense, holding the reader's attention by carefully revealing detail after detail to unveil the hidden layers and the inner workings of economic development and political globalization. * Contemporary Sociology * A rigorous ethnography of the practice of the global actors based in Honduras... There is now an enormous literature that questions the ideological stratagems of the globalization industry as propelled by the claims of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund... Jackson goes deeper than these accounts... What he illuminates is the mechanism by which this democratic powerlessness is produced, one in which consent rather than coercion is the dominant lever. * NACLA Report on the Americas * This book definitely should go on your list of globalization readings! -- Tanya Golash-Boza * Social Forces *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780801887581
Publication date: 13th August 2007
Author: Jeffrey T. Jackson
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 392 pages
Categories: Development studies, Development economics & emerging economies, Globalization,

About Jeffrey T. Jackson

Jeffrey T. Jackson is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi.

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