Development as a Battlefield


Development as a Battlefield is an innovative exploration of the multidimensional meanings of – and interactions between – conflict and development. The two phenomena are all too often regarded as ostensibly antagonistic. This was exemplified again in the context of the Arab Spring that erupted in December 2010 and was eventually short-lived in several countries of the Middle-East and North-Africa (MENA) region. This volume – the 8th thematic issue of International Development Policy – is an invitation to reconsider and renew the way social scientists usually seek to make sense of socio-political and economic developments in the MENA region and beyond.

Contributors include: Fariba Adelkhah, Yasmine Berriane, Irene Bono, Ayşe Buğra, Raphaëlle Chevrillon-Guibert, Anouck Gabriela Côrte réal-Pinto, Nadia Hachimi Alaoui, Béatrice Hibou, Adriana Kemp, Nora Lafi. Talia Margalit, Marie Vannetzel, Elena Vezzadini, and Merieme Yafout.
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Irene Bono is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Torino, Italy. She is also research associate at the Mohamed VI Polytechnic University in Rabat, Morocco. Her research interests focus on the government of inequality and the role of non-institutional actors in the formation and transformation of the state.

Béatrice Hibou is CNRS Senior Research Fellow at the Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales (CERI) in Paris, France. She is co-director of the Centre de Recherche, Économie, Société et Culture, Mohamed VI Polytechnic, University of Rabat, Morocco. Her comparative research in political economy focuses on the political significance of economic reform, state trajectories and the exercise of domination in Africa and Europe, from a Weberian perspective.
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1 Development as a Battlefield
Irene Bono and Béatrice Hibou

Part 1: Conflicts that Create Consensus

2 Two Lives of Developmentalism: A Polanyian View from Turkey
Ayse Buğra

3 Workers vs Machines: Ottoman Tunis between Industrialisation and Colonisation
Nora Lafi

4 ‘An Uphill Job Demanding Limitless Patience’. The Establishment of Trade Unions and the Conflicts of Development in Sudan, 1946–1952
Elena Vezzadini

5 The Activities of Adl Wal Ihsane in the Neighbourhoods. How to Build a ‘Non-Legal’ Consensus from a ‘Tolerated’ Conflict
Merieme Yafout

Part 2: Consensus as An Expression of Conflict

6 War and State (Re)Construction in Afghanistan: Conflicts of Tradition or Conflicts of Development?
Fariba Adelkhah

7 Resisting Neo-Liberal Skylines: Social Mobilisations and Entrepreneurial Urban Development in Tel Aviv
Adriana Kemp and Talia Margalit

8 A ‘Time’ to Act: The 2015–20 Development Plan for Greater Casablanca
Nadia Hachimi Alaoui

9 The Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘Virtuous society’ and State Developmentalism in Egypt: The Politics of ‘Goodness’
Marie Vannetzel

Part 3: The Definition of Legitimate Conflicts

10 Development and Countermovements. Reflections on the Conflicts Arising from the Commodification of Collective Land in Morocco
Yasmine Berriane

11 Charity and Commercial Success as Vectors of Asymmetry and Inequality: The Unconceptualised Elements of Development in Islamist Sudan during the First Republic
Raphaëlle Chevrillon-Guibert

12 A Neo-liberal Exception? The Defence Industry ‘Turkification’ Project
Anouck Gabriela Côrte Réal-Pinto

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