Development Betrayed: The End of Progress and a Co-Evolutionary Revisioning of the Future / Edition 1

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Overview

Modernity promised control over nature through science, material abundance through technology and effective government through rational, social organization. Instead of leading to this promised land it has brought us to the brink of environmental and cultural disaster. Why has there been this gap between modernity's aspirations and its achievements? Development Betrayed offers a powerful answer to this question.
Development with its unshakeable commitment to the idea of progress, is rooted in modernism and has been betrayed by each of its major tenets. Attempts to control nature have led to the brink of environmental catastrophe. Western technologies have proved inappropriate for the needs of the South, and governments are unable to respond effectively to the crises that have resulted.
Offering a thorough and lively critiques of the ideas behind development, Richard Norgaard also offers an alternative co-evolutionary paradigm, in which development is portrayed as a co-evolution between cultural and ecological systems. Rather than a future with all peoples merging to one best way of knowing and doing things, he envisions a future of a patchwork quilt of cultures with real possibilities for harmony.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415068628
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/11/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 The Betrayal of Progress 1
2 The Challenge of Sustainability 11
3 Change as a Coevolutionary Process 23
4 A Coevolutionary Environmental History 32
5 The Illusions of Progress 49
6 The Philosophical Roots of the Betrayal 61
7 Two Maladaptive Determinisms 75
8 The Coevolutionary Process Elaborated 81
9 A Coevolutionary Cosmology 92
10 Coevolutionary Lessons from the Amazon 104
11 The Tyranny of Liberal Individualism 122
12 Democratizing Knowledge 136
13 Coevolving Discursive Communities 158
14 A Coevolving Cultural Patchwork Quilt 173
15 Progress Revisioned 181
Bibliographic Essays 191
Bibliographic Postscript 250
Bibliography 253
Index 271
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