In his 1949 inaugural address, President Harry S. Truman heralded the era of international development, a “worldwide effort for the achievement of peace, plenty, and freedom” that would aim to “greatly increase the industrial activity in other nations and. . . . raise substantially their standards of living.” At the time, more than half of the world’s population lived in areas defined as underdeveloped; today, that figure surprisingly remains the same. Arguing that such persistent stagnation resulted partly from poor comprehension of the terms “developed” and “underdeveloped,” this provocative book revises our understanding of these fraught concepts.
Demystifying the statistics that international organizations use to measure development, the authors introduce the alternative concept of buen vivir: a state of living well. They contend that everyone on the planet can achieve this state, but only if we all begin living as communities rather than individuals and nurture our respective commons. With their unique take on a famously difficult issue, they offer new hope for the future of development—and of humankind.
|Publisher:||Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Gustavo Esteva is an author and grassroots activist who collaborates with the Universidad de la Tierra, Mexico, and other organizations around the world. Salvatore Babones teaches sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney, Australia. Philipp Babcicky is a doctoral student at the University of Graz, Austria.
Table of Contents
About the authors
1 The birth of development and underdevelopment
2 Development statistics and what they tell us
3 Alternatives to the cult of growth
4 There is enough for everyone
5 Reorganizing society from the bottom up
6 The reclamation of the commons
7 Epilogue: A role for the development of scholars and practitioners