sibille merz on missionary colonialism and the increasing NGO influence in palestine


Sibille Merz, ‘”Missionaries of the new era”: neoliberalism and NGOs in Palestine’, Race & Class 54, 1 (2012).

This article explores the effects of the neoliberal development paradigm on the restructuring of social formations through the external funding and promotion of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Palestine, and more precisely in the West Bank towns of Ramallah and al-Bireh; they are the ‘missionaries of the new era’. It argues that neoliberal rationality aims at transforming societies and subjectivities around the notion of enterprise and weakens the collective national resistance movement.

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