Critical Development Theory: Contributions to a New Paradigm

Critical Development Theory: Contributions to a New Paradigm

by Ronaldo Munck, Denis O'Hearn


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In the late 20th century, there has been a rethinking of the whole concept of development, including a growing awareness of its gender, cultural and environmental dimensions, and the impact of globalization. The contributors to this volume seek to extend these debates to a more fundamental level, tackling such issues as the crisis of development as an intellectual and practical project, the need for a break with development as a Eurocentric concept, and the viability of alternative, non-Western forms of development. The contributors aim to transcend critiques of development which simply engage in a blanket dismissal of the whole enterprise and instead offer ways of re-engaging with reality that, despite globalization, is still a dimension of the late-20th century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781856496384
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication date: 03/28/1999
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ronaldo Munck is head of civic engagement at Dublin City University and visiting professor in Development Studies at St Mary’s University, Canada. He is the founding chair of the Development Studies Association of Ireland.


Table of Contents

About the Contributors
1. The Myth of Development: A Critique of a Eurocentric Discourse - Vincent Tucker

Part 1: Critical Perspectives
2. On Oppositional Postmodernism - Boaventura de Sousa Santos
3. Development and the Locations of Eurocentrism - Ziauddin Sardar
4. Critical Holism and the Tao of Development - Jan Nederveen Pieterse

Part 2: Political Economy
5. Reintegrating Production and Consumption, or Why Political Economy Still Matters - Diane Perrons
6. Tigers and Transnational Corporations: Pathways from the Periphery? - Denis O'Hearn
7. The Place of Development in Theories of Imperialism and Globalization - Bob Sutcliffe

Part 3: Polemical Perspectives
8. Is it Possible to Build a Sustainable World? - Richard Douthwaite
9. Cultural politics and (post) Development Paradigm(s) - G.H. Fagan
10. Deconstructing Development Discourses: of Impasses, Alternatives and Politics - Ronaldo Munck

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