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Submitted by A development worker on
I love schools, vaccinations and human rights as much as the next person. Modernity may not be a package but the manifestation of modernity in a particular place and time is; and I am not sure I am happy enough with what I have seen of the way modernity works when it hits the ground in the developing world to become a diplomat its service. I am struggling to find a metaphor that is up to the task though; one that reflects the dialectic tension between modernity and development work. If modernity can be thought of as a firm perhaps I see my job an advisor to the union of its workers. They want the firm to stay in business; but they recognize that its interests don’t overlap entirely with theirs; and they are set up to contest issues when it matters.