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Rural Communities, Modernity, and Space for an Economy of Values: A Global Perspective (special lecture)

Jan 24

3:00 am to 4:30 pm

SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad

Note: You may also watch live
streaming of the event at

Entry is open to all 

Concept Note:
The talk
addresses some of the big questions around the place of traditional community
values in process of modernisation.  It draws in part on the experience of
a highland Peruvian community, but also engages with a long tradition of
alternative economic thought.  It proposes a framework for thinking about
‘how to pursue development on the basis of traditional rural values, rather
than negating them as the price of prosperity”.  It also suggests the
importance of expanding rural horizons and weaving long-range networks among
such communities so that they can benefit from economies of scale and carve out
a distinctive space in global civil society.

Bio note
of Speaker: Dr Adam.K. Webb is Resident Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins
University’s Hopkins Nanjing Centre in
He previously taught at Harvard and Princeton and was a Visiting Scholar
at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His
writing cuts across themes of modernity, globalisation, cosmopolitanism, and
alternative development.  He has done fieldwork in Latin America and the Middle East, and is the author of Beyond the Global
Culture War (2006) and A Path of Our Own: An Andean Village and Tomorrow’s
Economy of Values (2009, Spanish translation 2011).

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Chair: Dr Syed Nazre Hyder, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)