Decolonizing Development: Colonial Power and the Maya by Joel Wainwright

By Joel Wainwright

Winner of the 2010 James M. Blaut Award in popularity of leading edge scholarship in cultural and political ecology (Honors of the CAPE area of expertise team (Cultural and Political Ecology)) Decolonizing improvement investigates the methods colonialism formed the fashionable international by means of studying the connection among colonialism and improvement as different types of strength. according to novel interpretations of postcolonial and Marxist idea and utilized to unique study info Amply supplemented with maps and illustrations An exciting and useful source for students of postcolonialism, improvement, geography, and the Maya

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Photograph by Norris Hall. the engagement between Price and the Maya students. On the blackboard behind Price, drawn by him for the edification of the Mayas, is a map of the new country. It is divided into political districts and marked with resources (‘‘sugar’’; ‘‘citrus’’; ‘‘lobster’’). Here development leads the nationalist state to teach the Mayas where they are, where they fit politically, and the nature of their resources. In this image, we can read the hegemony of post-colonial development, which articulates capitalism and territorialization.

4 World Bank (2003). Belize’s GNI per capita is comparable to Botswana ($2,980) and Brazil ($2,850). Belize compares unfavorably with other countries in its income group in terms of education and level of industrialization, but very favorably with respect to health care and environmental conditions. For instance, the life expectancy in Belize (73 years) is seven years longer than the world average, and the under-five mortality rate is only half of the world average. Yet these relatively strong indicators do not apply to the rural south.

Territory, in short, is the fundamental spatial ontology of the modern nation-state. 74 To say this differently, and to stress the iterative quality of this process, we should say that territory is an effect of territorialization, where territorialization can be defined as the production of the space of the nation-state. Territorialization is the iterative process whereby states produce the effect of a spatial-ontological separation between its space and the other’s. Territorialization is the name for the process of the working-out of the ‘‘spatial relations’’ that make a given state-society ensemble hegemonic.

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