Challenges to development under constraints of a colonialist past
Meadow, Ashley Nicole
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Historical factors such as colonialism and neoliberalism are pervasive in the state development of developing countries. The impacts of these factors are exacerbated when global issues such as climate change are present, yet rarely are the effects of these structures acknowledged by external agents such as developed countries and international institutions. However, the actors that work in the internal aid landscape of developing countries are not only conscious of the impacts of these structures but also realize that they shape the work being done in the development spaces in these countries. Therefore, I argue that there exists an analytical bifurcation in the discourse of capacity between developing countries and developed countries. This bifurcation not only hinders developmental progress but also silences colonial history. To address this, I present a post-colonial sociological study that uses the analytical bifurcation of the discourse of capacity to investigate the historical conditions of colonialism and neoliberalism in which it was produced, and subsequently how the discourse represents real-world issues to modern development in Bolivia in the time of climate change.