Representations of development in discourse : the case of Malawi, 1964-1998

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Mphande, Charles (2005) Representations of development in discourse : the case of Malawi, 1964-1998. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


This thesis seeks to understand the basis of the enduring under-performing agriculture-led development strategy, and the paucity of innovation and reflexivity in matters of socio-economic change in Malawi. Situated in the qualitative research tradition, the study seeks to examine social meaning, its construction and consumption in Malawi's community/national development strategy. The study proceeds in this quest to examine representations of development in discourse in Malawi's two contrasting pollitical cultures, namely, the repressive single party era of Dr Banda and his Malawi Congress Party Government, and the democratic era marked by the onset of political pluralism in 1994, and stretches from Malawi's independence in 1964 to the first term of Malawi's democratic governance in 1998.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
Historical > FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Keywords economic development, agricultural development, agriculture, economy, economic conditions, social conditions, economic planning, politics, democracy, pluralism, Hastings Banda, Malawi Congress Party Government, discourse, Malawi, Africa, history, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
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