Dominating Knowledge: Development, Culture, and Resistance

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This book addresses the role of knowledge in economic development. It questions the conventional view that developmentis the application of superior knowledge to the problems of poor countries, and that resistance to development comes out of ignorance and superstition. It argues instead that the basis of resistance is the fear that the material benefits of Western technologies can be enjoyed only at the price of giving up indigenous ways of knowing and valuing the world, an idea fostered as much by present-day ...
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Overview

This book addresses the role of knowledge in economic development. It questions the conventional view that developmentis the application of superior knowledge to the problems of poor countries, and that resistance to development comes out of ignorance and superstition. It argues instead that the basis of resistance is the fear that the material benefits of Western technologies can be enjoyed only at the price of giving up indigenous ways of knowing and valuing the world, an idea fostered as much by present-day elites, who have internalizedWestern knowledge and values, as by the colonial elites who ruled before them.
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Table of Contents

1. Towards the Decolonization of the Mind 1
2. Development and the Politics of Knowledge: A Critical Interpretation of the Social Role of Modernization 29
3. Modernization and its Discontents: A Cultural Perspective on Theories of Development 73
4. Smallpox in Two Systems of Knowledge 102
5. Modern Medicine and its Non-Modern Critics: A Study in Discourse 145
6. Technology and the Reproduction of Values in Rural Western India 185
7. Losing Touch: The Cultural Conditions of Worker Accommodation and Resistance 217
Index 283
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