Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World [New in Paper]

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Overview

"An intelligent and thorough overview of the rise of the concept of 'development' . . . . [This book] represents the best of interdisciplinary work in cultural studies and speaks to central debates across the permeable borders of anthropology, economics, history, sociology, and development studies."—Orin Starn, Duke University

"Evaluates development enterprise and development discourse from a critical theory perspective. This view of development policies and control mechanisms employs Colombian case studies of the Programa de Desarrollo Rural Integrado and of the local application of the discourse of women in development"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Editorial Reviews

American Journal of Sociology
[T]he cultural critique—and politics—proposed in this penetrating book are crucial in these perilous times.
— Michael F. Jiménez
Population and Development Review
[I]mportant. . . . [A]n original and provocative analysis.
American Journal of Sociology - Michael F. Jimenez
[T]he cultural critique—and politics—proposed in this penetrating book are crucial in these perilous times.
American Journal of Sociology - Michael F. Jiménez
[T]he cultural critique—and politics—proposed in this penetrating book are crucial in these perilous times.
From the Publisher
"Arturo Escobar has given us an important and exciting take on issues of Third World development and its alternatives. . . . [This book] indisputably provides some exciting and significant new ways of thinking about development. . . . Arturo Escobar has done us all a service."—
Contemporary Sociology

"[T]he cultural critique—and politics—proposed in this penetrating book are crucial in these perilous times."—Michael F. Jimnez, American Journal of Sociology

"[I]mportant. . . . [A]n original and provocative analysis."—
Population and Development Review

Contemporary Sociology
Arturo Escobar has given us an important and exciting take on issues of Third World development and its alternatives. . . . [This book] indisputably provides some exciting and significant new ways of thinking about development. . . . Arturo Escobar has done us all a service.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691150451
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/23/2011
  • Edition description: New in Paper
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 350,118
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Arturo Escobar is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His most recent book is "Territories of Difference".

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 2012 Edition vii
Preface xlv
CHAPTER 1: Introduction: Development and the Anthropology of Modernity 3
CHAPTER 2: The Problematization of Poverty: The Tale of Three Worlds and Development 21
CHAPTER 3: Economics and the Space of Development: Tales of Growth and Capital 55
CHAPTER 4: The Dispersion of Power: Tales of Food and Hunger 102
CHAPTER 5: Power and Visibility: Tales of Peasants, Women, and the Environment 154
CHAPTER 6: Conclusion: Imagining a Postdevelopment Era 212
Notes 227
References 249
Index 275

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