Thursday, 31 May 2012


"This is a path-breaking ethnographic study of development volunteering…."
---Professor Paul James, Director, Global Cities Institute (RMIT); Director, United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme; an editor of Arena Journal; author of Nation Formation: Towards a Theory of Abstract Community (1996), and Globalism, Nationalism, Tribalism: Bringing Theory Back In (2006).


"It is a very original piece of research and will make an excellent contribution to development and volunteering by bringing together sociological, development, public administration, and CSO and political science literatures."---Dr. Rose Melville, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work and Human Services, University of Queensland

"This research has implications for Palms Australia and all other volunteer-sending agencies..."---Brendan Joyce, Assistant Director, Palms Australia.

"This book makes an important contribution to understanding Australia's international engagement in Asia, and to theorising the political role that individual Australians play in aid delivery".---Faculty of Arts, Research Newsletter, University of Wollongong.

"Neoliberalism, Development, and Aid Volunteering is an enormously complex text, an interdisciplinary blend of history, politics, sociology, social anthropology, and ethnography. At times the author reaches back to the 18th century to understand the philosophical, economic and political roots of the contemporary/current situation she explores. Georgeou lays out her case and develops her account with nuanced scholarship. That said, she avoids the coded and cold impenetrability of much academic writing, and her work is at once scholarly, personal, and accessible to non-specialists." ---Rowan Cahill, Journal of Australian Political Economy, Winter 2013.