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W.H. Sewell argued, in “The Concept(s) of Culture” (in V. Bonnell, and L. Hunt (eds.) Beyond the Cultural Turn: New Directions in the Study of Society and Culture), “the system has no existence apart from the succession of practices that instantiate, reproduce, or – most interestingly – transform it. Hence system implies practice […] the important theoretical question is thus not whether culture should be conceptualized as practice or as a system of symbols and meanings, but how to conceptualize the articulation of system and practice.” (1999)

T. Mitchell, in “Fixing the Economy. Cultural Studies”, (1998) states:

“In reference to countries outside the West, “to develop” ceased to be just a transitive verb (referring to the exploitation of a particular territory or resource) and began to refer to an intransitive political and economic process: development. The prewar concern with colonial welfare was transformed into the postwar ideology of developing what was now called the underdeveloped world.”


See Also

political economy, economic (dis)embedding, culturalization, economization, neoliberalism, global development, economic systems

Further Reading

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