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Basu, Paul and Zetterstrom-Sharp, Johanna (2015) 'Complicating Culture for Development: Negotiating 'Dysfunctional Heritage' in Sierra Leone.' In: Basu, Paul and Modest, Wayne, (eds.), Museums, Heritage and International Development. New York; London: Routledge, pp. 56-82. (Routledge Studies in Culture and Development)

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At least since the publication of Our Creative Diversity , the report of the UN World Commission on Culture and Development, in 1996, discourses concerning ‘the power of culture for development’ have formed part of that circulating concatenation of ideas, terms and images that characterizes what we might regard as the ‘ideoscape’ of international development (cf. Appadurai 1990: 9-10). Alongside such buzzwords as participation , empowerment and poverty reduction (Cornwall and Brock 2005), there has been a programmatic diffusion of ideas that link the realms of culture and development. Thus, culture is said to be ‘a fundamental component of sustainable development’, ‘a powerful global economic engine’, ‘a vehicle for social cohesion and stability’, and ‘a repository of knowledge, meanings and values that permeate all aspects of our lives’ (UNESCO 2010: 2-6).

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISBN: 9780415659512
Copyright Statement: © 2015 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a chapter published by Taylor & Francis in Museums, Heritage and International Development on 2 Oct 2014, available online:
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Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2015 15:15
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