A Sociological Understanding of Neoliberal Discourses of Development

In this article, the author calls for a sociological understanding of neoliberal discourses of development and underdevelopment. The author criticizes the idea that the utterance of discourse is different than other social practices and also warns against understanding discourses solely as acts of deception. Using a critical stance, the author shows how ideologies are giving shape to development projects and how social change is effectively conducted through acts of communication. The author proposes different ways to analyze various discourses of neoliberal development. Giving several examples from the literature, he shows how discourse analysts have examined many aspects of neoliberal discourses of development and social change. Amongst ways to understand discourses of development the author presents the following: studying ethnical and racial biases, examining discourses as storytelling, looking at their specific stylistic codes, understanding discourses as social interaction and how they produce concerted actions, seeing them as fluxes and containers of ideas, criticizing their justification of social hierarchy and their reinforcing of social domination. Also are presented elements of examining statistics, machines and artefacts as elements of neoliberal discourses. The author calls for more militant uses of discourse analysis. In conclusion, the author also raises some methodological, ethical and epistemological issues of the analysis of discourses.

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Talk at the College of Music – University of the Philippines Diliman

I will be giving a talk about our forthcoming book “Not your World Music – Noise Music in South East Asia” at the College of Music – University of the Philippines Diliman on Monday 15 of August 2016.

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NOT YOUR WORLD MUSIC –
Dimitri della Faille on noise in South East Asia

15 August 2016 (Monday) | 10am | Abelardo Hall, UP College of Music

Dimitri della Faille, PhD, presents some of the research that went into “Not Your World Music: Noise in South East Asia (Art, Politics, Identity, Gender and Global Capitalism)”, the first major publication on noise, electroacoustic, industrial, experimental music and sound art in the ASEAN countries (including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam).

Written and edited by Cedrik Fermont and Dr. della Faille, the book includes historical, political and sociological essays, exclusive interviews with artists and organizers, as well as an extensive bibliography and discography. The book is also a manifesto against stereotypes and censure, especially when it comes to colonialism, ethnocentrism, male-centered perspectives and sexism. It aims to empower an independent, proud and strong scene. The book and its accompanying anthology CD will be officially released in early September 2016.

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My conference on indigenous studies in Québec at the College of Social Sciences at the University of the Philippines Baguio

Almost 100 people gathered to listen to my conference on indigenous studies in Québec on Thursday November 27, 2014. This conference was organized by the Cordillera Studies Center and the College of Social Sciences at the University of the Philippines Baguio.

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During that conference I presented some historical, social, cultural and political background on indigenous peoples. I also shared my thoughts of the current state of indigenous studies – education and research programs – in the province of Québec. Continuer la lecture de My conference on indigenous studies in Québec at the College of Social Sciences at the University of the Philippines Baguio