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Development: Discourses and Practices: Arab States (excepting Sudan)
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The term “development” carries different meanings in different contexts. As Elson (1999, 95) points out, development may refer to “a concern with national processes of accumulation, structural change and economic growth,” but may also involve discussions of poverty and well-being, economic and political representation, and/or international economic relations. Economists have generally defined development as the transformation of an economy from an agricultural to an industrial/service orientation, with the assumption being that thr…

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Olmsted, Jennifer C., “Development: Discourses and Practices: Arab States (excepting Sudan)”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0219b>
First published online: 2009

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