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Confronting Desire: Psychoanalysis and International Development

Ilan Kapoor


By applying psychoanalytic perspectives to key themes, concepts, and practices underlying the development enterprise, this book offers a new way of analyzing the problems, challenges, and potentialities of international development. The book makes a compelling case for examining development's unconscious desires and in the process inaugurates a new field of study: psychoanalytic development studies. The book analyzes how development's unconscious desires “speak out,” most often in excessive and unpredictable ways that contradict the outwardly rational declarations of its practitioners. It inve ... More

Keywords: international development, psychoanalytic development, development theory, poverty, racism, over-consumption, inequality, corruption, psychoanalysis, universality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501751721
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501751721.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ilan Kapoor, author
York University