Rural Liberia in the Age of Developmentalism: Policies, Politics, Imaginations and Constraints, c. 1950 to 1980
Third-party funded project
Project title Rural Liberia in the Age of Developmentalism: Policies, Politics, Imaginations and Constraints, c. 1950 to 1980
Principal Investigator(s) Thiesen-Mark, Cassandra
Organisation / Research unit Departement Geschichte / Geschichte Afrikas (Tischler)
Project start 01.08.2016
Probable end 31.07.2018
Status Completed
Abstract

My current project “Rural Liberia in the Age of Developmentalism: Policies, Politics, Imaginations and Constraints, c. 1950 to 1980”, explores the country's policies and practices of postwar state-sponsored agricultural development. It argues that while agricultural development, in particular rural mass education, was a critical facet in the spatial transformation of statehood in postwar Liberia, the development frontier also functioned as a critical space for the professionalisation and career-building of African-American agriculturists leading into the period of decolonisation. The project is being supported by the Marie Heim-Vögtlin Fund of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Keywords Liberia, West Africa, modernity, NGOs, history of rural development
Financed by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
   

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