In Defense of Clowning (as a development strategy, that is)

Make no mistake.  We do not study development at Oxford in order to help people.  The job of development studies scholars is to attack and dismantle the well-intentioned ideas of others who (naively) actually think they can help people. This week, in my history and politics course, we discussed Mahmood Mamdami’s Saviours and Survivors, which… Continue reading In Defense of Clowning (as a development strategy, that is)

Chiang Mai

12 – 31 – 09 Ah, this I missed.  In Uganda, boda-boda motorcycle drivers were a constant source of amusement, providing opportunities to hone my communication-through-hand-gesture skills and affording me an opportunity to see new places I had never intended on visiting.  In Thailand, cheap transport is via songthaew (a truck with benches in the… Continue reading Chiang Mai