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

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

by Arturo Escobar
 

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ISBN-10: 0691150451

ISBN-13: 9780691150451

Pub. Date: 10/23/2011

Publisher: Princeton University Press

How did the industrialized nations of North America and Europe come to be seen as the appropriate models for post-World War II societies in Asia, Africa, and Latin America? How did the postwar discourse on development actually create the so-called Third World? And what will happen when development ideology collapses? To answer these questions, Arturo Escobar shows

Overview

How did the industrialized nations of North America and Europe come to be seen as the appropriate models for post-World War II societies in Asia, Africa, and Latin America? How did the postwar discourse on development actually create the so-called Third World? And what will happen when development ideology collapses? To answer these questions, Arturo Escobar shows how development policies became mechanisms of control that were just as pervasive and effective as their colonial counterparts. The development apparatus generated categories powerful enough to shape the thinking even of its occasional critics while poverty and hunger became widespread. "Development" was not even partially "deconstructed" until the 1980s, when new tools for analyzing the representation of social reality were applied to specific "Third World" cases. Here Escobar deploys these new techniques in a provocative analysis of development discourse and practice in general, concluding with a discussion of alternative visions for a postdevelopment era.

Escobar emphasizes the role of economists in development discourse—his case study of Colombia demonstrates that the economization of food resulted in ambitious plans, and more hunger. To depict the production of knowledge and power in other development fields, the author shows how peasants, women, and nature became objects of knowledge and targets of power under the "gaze of experts."

In a substantial new introduction, Escobar reviews debates on globalization and postdevelopment since the book's original publication in 1995 and argues that the concept of postdevelopment needs to be redefined to meet today's significantly new conditions. He then calls for the development of a field of "pluriversal studies," which he illustrates with examples from recent Latin American movements.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691150451
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/23/2011
Edition description:
With a New preface by the author
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
289,714
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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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