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IDSA01H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Neocolonialism, Killer Application, Niall Ferguson

International Development Studies
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Leslie Chan

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IDSA01 Lecture Week 4: Notes
o 80% of the midterm will be multiple choice
o 20% will be short answer
o Is development a neo-colonial enterprise, designed to perpetuate inequalities?
o Some of us do better and succeed because of colonialism, while some suffer because of it.
o People argue that development is a neo-colonial enterprise that continues to degrade those who
are being punished by colonialism
o Side note: Trump wants to only support massive companies because he believes that will create
more jobs, even though that is a massive business myth, because in reality it will just mean
bigger pay checks for CEO’s
o ‘Framing’ allows us to create more complex ideas regarding problem solving
o History matters; example u of t is built on native land and that often goes forgotten or
unknown; people should own up to their mistakes
o History matters because ideas and contexts change overtime
o We often discredit people’s ideas or assume they are false; example- racism is very quickly
dismissed, even though there has been and there is still is racism today
o Agencies such as the World Bank are very keen on pushing developmental and industrial
‘blueprints’ on to under developed African countries
o After World War II, there was a big divide between first world, second world and third world
countries, when there had never been a divide before.
o First world (north America, Europe), Second World (Russia, communist countries), Third
World (Africa, Latin America, and countries that don’t fit in to the other two options)
o The third world was characterized by the colonial roles they played on their poor economic
performance (even though they were in the post colonial period)
o These third world countries are harvesting and producing commodities that are being sold as
products for much more money outside of their country (example; coffee, cocoa)
o They are bound to the world economy as a supplier, even though these poor countries
themselves have a very poor and unstable economy (the global south)
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