Abstract

Mainstream discourse and practice of development mainly focus on what can be called the prose of development: the hard-core and hardware issues of economics, politics, and infrastructure. There is very little poetics in the mood and methods of its advocates. This article, referring among others to Indian philosophers, argues that we should turn this approach around in a transformative way, by putting what is usually considered the lowest at the top. Poetics of development builds upon inner and shared transformations in prose and poetics, as it seeks to express the suffering and joys of souls and societies. It offers a new dimension to the social quality idea about “the social” as the outcome of the dialectic between processes of self-realization of human beings and the formation of collective identities. The article argues that this shift in focus is essential to meaningful development.

Contributor Notes

Ananta Kumar Giri is affiliated with the Madras Institute of Development Studies in Chennai and is the author and editor of many books in English and Odia including Knowledge and Human Liberation: Towards Planetary Realizations (Anthem Press, 2013) and Beyond Cosmopolitanism: Towards Planetary Transformations (Springer, 2018). E-mail: aumkrishna@gmail.com

The International Journal of Social Quality

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