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Desire for Development: Whiteness, Gender, and the Helping Imperative

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In "Desire for Development: Whiteness, Gender, and the Helping Imperative," Barbara Heron draws on poststructuralist notions of subjectivity, critical race and space theory, feminism, colonial and postcolonial studies, and travel writing to trace colonial continuities in the post-development recollections of white Canadian women who have worked in Africa. Following the ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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On target with just about everything. And this is one of the first things I’ve read to explicitly address the gendered aspects of the desire to help.

Critique, briefly: Heron has a generally limited view of self-interest--more specifically she doesn’t begin to approach why it is that bourgeois subject formation relies so on a moral narrative of the self. Yes, we (the white bourgeois) are invested in maintaining a position of innocence, but why and at what cost to ourselves? (lack being the key a
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