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  1. Chris Roche
    Chris Roche March 17, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Could not agree with you more about the power of fiction. We use this great paper by Lewis, Rodgers and Woolcock in one subject of our Master of International Development at La Trobe. We then get students to read one of a growing list of novels we have selected and write a reflexive piece on what thoughts about social change have been provoked by the book. It seems to work well.

    I was thinking of doing something similar using this paper by the same authors on cinema and development.

    Maybe you could get the ball going with a review from developmental/social change perspective of a recent movie. Selma? Pride? Other suggestions anyone?

    1. Jo Spratt
      Jo Spratt March 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks Chris,

      Just quickly as I am on a supposedly computer free beach holiday. If I had to recommend one work of fiction with much relevance for development and change I would say the Wire. maybe somewhat depressing when it comes to illustrating how hard it is to change things but also excellent at showing how complex the world is and how rigid structural factors are. And there are still small wins amongst everything. There is a good book on the wire and public health policy which shows that some of the successes in real world Baltimore have been bigger than one might take from the fiction alone.

      1. Terence wood
        Terence wood March 18, 2015 at 4:54 pm

        Oh – sorry. That last comment was fro me not jo. I posted using her iPad and auto complete did the rest. Terence

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