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American Journal of Sociology[T]he cultural critique—and politics—proposed in this penetrating book are crucial in these perilous times.
— Michael F. Jiménez
"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.
"[T]he cultural critique—and politics—proposed in this penetrating book are crucial in these perilous times."—Michael F. Jiménez, American Journal of Sociology
"[I]mportant. . . . [A]n original and provocative analysis."—Population and Development Review
Preface to the 2012 Edition vii
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