'On the basis of an excellent analysis of the Nordic intervention in East Africa, Maria Eriksson Baaz takes us into the compexity of a difficult dialogue between aid to development and politics of identities. This is a remarkable study that will serve as a firm and well thought out introduction to postcolonial studies in general.'
V. Y. Mudimbe
'The post-colonial discourse has been somewhat lacking in empirixal substance. This is, therefore, a much welcomes and fascinating book on the construction of identity in the development industry.'
'Development theorists are beginning to acknowledge that aid workers reproduce and thrive on postcolonial representations of identity. The African "other" is sometimes seen through a romantic lens, more often a derogatory one: passive, corrupt and dangerous. Eriksson contributes to this emerging body of work by exposing and contextualising such racist assumptions.'
Emma Crewe, University of Warwick
'Eriksson moves the analysis to another level. Her grounded, in-depth analysis demonstrates the exciting potential of post-colonial approaches, both for illuminating the complexities of grassroots aid delivery and for understanding the impact of global development discourses policy and praxis. This book is a landmark study that will attract attention from students and scholars.'
Jane Parpart, Lester B. Pearson chair in international development studies at Dalhousie University, Canada