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LSE Literary Festival - The Fiction of Development?


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Speaker(s): Giles Foden, Professor David Lewis, Jack Mpanje, Sunny Singh
Chair: Dr Dennis Rodgers

Recorded on 12 February 2010 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

Do we learn more about global poverty issues and the worlds of international development agencies from works of popular fiction such as Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance or Helen Fielding's Cause Celeb than we do from official reports and academic research? A recently-published paper written by David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock suggests that fiction is an important and sometimes under-recognised source of knowledge about 'development' issues that may offer useful and different insights compared to more standard forms of research publication and policy reports.

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