The Aesthetics of Development

Art, Culture and Social Transformation

  • John Clammer
  • Ananta Kumar Giri

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introducing the Issues

  3. Public Art and Social Transformations

  4. The Poetics and Performance of Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Ananta Kumar Giri
      Pages 209-229
    3. Nirmal Selvamony
      Pages 231-252
    4. Pearly Wong, John Clammer
      Pages 291-308
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 309-341

About this book


Through a unique range of theoretical and practical case studies, this collection considers the relationship between the arts (understood as the visual arts, crafts, theatre, dance, and literature) and development, creating both a bridge between them that is rarely explored and filling in concrete ways the content of the “culture” part of the equation “culture and development”. It includes manifestations of culture and the ways in which they relate to development, and in turn contribute to such pressing issues as poverty alleviation, concern for the environment, health, empowerment, and identity formation. It shows how the arts are an essential part of the concrete understanding of culture, and as such a significant part of development thinking -  including the development of culture, and not only of culture as an instrumental means to promote other development goals.


arts and social development culture and development manifestations of culture in social issues culture and identity formation the role of visual arts, theatre, and literature in development relationship between the arts, culture and societal development

Editors and affiliations

  • John Clammer
    • 1
  • Ananta Kumar Giri
    • 2
  1. 1.Jindal Global UniversitySonipatIndia
  2. 2.Madras Institute of Development StudiesChennaiIndia

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