ABSTRACT

This chapter begins by evaluating the relation between children and development in terms of the relationship ‘between two debts’, drawing upon but transposing Lacan’s (1959–1960/1992) description of the position of the subject as being ‘between two deaths’. It moves from explicit engagement in international economic development discourse and accounts of children’s lives to philosophical analysis of the status of the conceptual and practical links asserted to hold between these. The ‘caught between’ of cultural conflict and intergenerational tension popular in 1980s British social work discourse tended to resolve political and structural issues into merely interpersonal and even intrapsychic problems. Nor is a spatial reading of ‘between’ sufficient, as the trope that links one space or place to another. This reading would take the form of a comparative approach across sites or fieldwork arenas; the approach of anthropology or of cross-cultural psychology.