Technocrats and humanist intellectuals in the Third World: cases from a school of development studies in Europe

Shanti George

Research output: Working paperAcademic

Abstract

Development studies rarely considers in depth the career choices and inner lives
of civil servants, academicians and activists in the Third World. This paper draws on
life stories of twelve former students of the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague,
from diverse countries, in the context of wider literature on Third World intellectuals
and on identity in the late modern era of globalization. The paper argues against dichotomizing `humanist intellectuals’ and `technocrats’, and for a more composite representation of professional identities. It questions associations of economics with technocracy and highlights the multi-vocal nature of economics. Recommendations for
pedagogy at schools of development studies are put forward.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages69
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2002
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

SeriesISS working papers. General series
Number364
ISSN0921-0210

Series

  • ISS Working Paper-General Series

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