Current Issue


Editors’ Introduction
John Conley and Justin B. Richland

Once again, we begin an issue with a symposium. This one is entitled ‘Afterlives of Development’ and was organized by Daromir Rudnyckyj and Anke Schwittay. The collection posits a modernist ‘heyday of development,’ when governments of many political stripes took direct action to promote and nurture all kinds of development schemes. By the 1990s, many observers had concluded that the age of development was over. As the papers in this collection demonstrate, however, the effects of the age of development continue, albeit in different and usually subtler forms. The massive development projects of the past may no longer be in vogue, but their ‘afterlives’ continue to affect economic and social life in significant if underappreciated ways. We thank Rudnyckyj and Schwittay for conceiving the topic, assembling this provocative group of articles, and assisting us in the editorial process. As is our custom with symposia, we have left room in the issue for general articles.


Afterlives of Development (pages 3–9)
Daromir Rudnyckyj and Anke Schwittay

Counter-Accounting with Invisible Data: The Struggle for Transparency in Myanmar’s Energy Sector (pages 10–28)
Ken MacLean

Designing Development: Humanitarian Design in the Financial Inclusion Assemblage (pages 29–47)
Anke Schwittay

Networks for Development: Volunteer Tourism, Information and Communications Technology, and the Paradoxes of Alternative Development (pages 48–68)
Sharon McLennan

Islamic Finance and the Afterlives of Development in Malaysia (pages 69–88)
Daromir Rudnyckyj

Sufficient Citizens: Moderation and the Politics of Sustainable Development in Thailand (pages 89–108)
Eli Elinoff


Sovereign Silence: Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and Legalizing Sex Work in Sonagachi (pages 109–125)
Simanti Dasgupta

Codifying Consensus and Constructing Boundaries: Setting the Limits of Appellation d’origine contrôlée Protection in Bordeaux, France (pages 126–144)
Erica A. Farmer

Documenting “Community” in the ≠khomani San Land Claim in South Africa (pages 145–161)
Daniel Huizenga

Whitewashing Indigenous Oklahoma and Chicano Arizona: 21st-Century Legal Mechanisms of Settlement (pages 162–180)
Jean Dennison


Can Islam Be French? Pluralism and Pragmatism in a Secularist State (pages 181–183)
Chantal Tetreault

Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants: A Texas History (pages 183–185)
Aidé Acosta

Unsettling Gaza: Secular Liberalism, Radical Religion, and the Israeli Settlement Project (pages 185–187)
Rhoda Kanaaneh

Disenchanting Citizenship: Mexican Migrants and the Boundaries of Belonging (pages 187–189)
Sofya Aptekar

Theory from the South or, How Euro-America Is Evolving toward Africa (pages 189–191)
Andrea Ballestero S.

Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present (pages 191–193)
Elizabeth Cullen Dunn

Where Rivers Meet the Sea: The Political Ecology of Water (pages 194–195)
Emanuela Guano

Government of Paper: The Materiality of Bureaucracy in Urban Pakistan (pages 195–197)
Kregg Hetherington

Disquieting Gifts: Humanitarianism in New Delhi (pages 198–200)
Bengt G. Karlsson

Enclosed: Conservation, Cattle, and Commerce among the Q’eqchi’ Maya Lowlanders (pages 200–202)
Bonnie J. McCay

Political Crime and the Memory of Loss (pages 202–204)
Sharika Thiranagama