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The violence of development: guerrillas, gangs, and goondas in perspective

Jones, Gareth A. ORCID: 0000-0001-9844-4547 and Rodgers, Dennis (2016) The violence of development: guerrillas, gangs, and goondas in perspective. In: Grugel, Jean and Hammett, Daniel, (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of International Development. Palgrave Macmillan, London, England, pp. 415-431. ISBN 9781137427236

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Identification Number: 10.1057/978-1-137-42724-3


This chapter analyses the intuitively compelling assumption that violence is inimical to development. Ever since Marx argued that the development of Europe proceeded through “primitive accumulation”, many writers from a wide range of theoretical perspectives have in fact regarded development as inherently reliant on coercion and force. The chapter provides a brief survey of arguments that violence is linked with development before outlining three examples – the cases of guerrillas, gangs and goondas - that, we argue, exposes the more productive associations of violence. We accept that not all violence is developmental, but the chapter highlights the importance of being able to understand the conditions and forms under which violence might or might not be progressive, and how and why development becomes linked to violence, and when this relationship potentially dissipates.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 10:33
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2024 23:09

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