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Culture and sustainable development in the Pacific

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Title: Culture and sustainable development in the Pacific
Author(s): Culture and Sustainable Development in the Pacific Conference
Hooper, Antony
Date published: 2000
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : National Centre for Development Studies, Research School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University.
Series/Report no.: National Centre for Development Studies (NCDS). Pacific Policy Papers : No. 33
Throughout the South Pacific, notions of 'culture' and 'development' are very much alive—in political debate, the media, sermons, and endless discussions amongst villagers and the urban élites, even in policy reports. Often the terms are counterposed, and development along with 'economic rationality', 'good governance' and 'progress' is set against culture or 'custom', 'tradition' and 'identity'. The decay of custom and impoverishment of culture are often seen as wrought by development, while failures of development are haunted by the notion that they are due, somehow, to the darker, irrational influences of culture. The problem is to resolve the contradictions between them so as to achieve the greater good—access to material goods, welfare and amenities, ‘modern life’—without the sacrifice of the ‘traditional’ values and institutions that provide material security and sustain diverse social identities. [from publisher's advertisement]
Description: "The papers in this volume were presented at a UNESCO conference 'Culture and Sustainable Development in the Pacific' in Suva, Fiji, between 9-12 July, 1997." -- p. xii.
ISSN: 0817-0444


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