ABSTRACT

This justification for attention to the discourse of development should not be underrated. It is ironic that there is a drift towards insularity in development just at the time that it is being challenged by social movements and voices that previously could be kept outside the development industry. Official discourses-from the New World Order of Global Modelling to the ‘technically necessary’ conditionality of Structural Adjustment agreements-appear more and more as an expert culture, divorced from the practical moral concerns of daily life and the major disputes in particular places. The hierarchy of this discourse ensures that mastery of technical metaphor paradoxically rules a debate that increasingly evokes populist images of participation and democracy for its legitimacy.