Decolonizing Knowledge: From Development to Dialogue

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Development failures, environmental degradation and social fragmentation can no longer be regarded as "side effects." They are the toxic consequences of pretensions that the modern Western view of knowledge is a universal neutral view, applicable to all people at all times. This work argues that the linear evolutionary paradigm of development emerging from the modern Western view of knowledge is a contemporary form of colonialism. The work proposes a pluralistic vision and a decolonization of knowledge: the replacement of one-way transfers of knowledge and technology by dialogue and mutual learning. It will be of interest to scholars of development studies, sociology, and anthropology.
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 Introduction: Rationality and the World 1
Pt. I Decolonizing Development Knowledge 41
2 Development for 'Big Fish' or 'Small Fish'? A Study of Contrasts in Tanzania's Fishing Sector 43
3 The Economic Consequences of Pragmatism: A Re-Interpretation of Keynesian Doctrine 67
4 Two Phases of American Environmentalism: A Critical History 110
5 Rationality, the Body, and the World: From Production to Regeneration 142
Pt. II Decolonizing the 'Transfer-of-Technology' Model 183
6 Farmers, Seedsmen, and Scientists: Systems of Agriculture and Systems of Knowledge 185
7 Hosting the Otherness of the Other: The Case of the Green Revolution 249
8 Why Haldane Went to India: Modern Genetics in Quest of Tradition 279
9 Footnotes to Vavilov: An Essay on Gene Diversity 306
10 The Savage Freud: The First Non-Western Psychoanalyst and the Politics of Secret Selves in Colonial India 340
Index 389
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