Transcending Neoliberalism: Community-Based Development in Latin America

Transcending Neoliberalism: Community-Based Development in Latin America



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Transcending Neoliberalism: Community-Based Development in Latin America by Henry Veltmeyer

* A superior volume with contributions from top scholars
* Explores critical dimensions of community-based economic development in Latin America

Transcending Neoliberalism examines the role of community, participation, decentralization, and empowering social movements in the quest for equitable development in Latin America. Over the past two decades, in the context of an epoch-defining process of globalization, a form of development has emerged that moves beyond the neoliberal focus on both market and state—one that reaches back for ideas into communities that have been created within rural and urban societies of developing and developed areas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565491250
Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2001
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Henry Veltmeyer lived and worked for six years in South America before coming to Canada to pursue a doctoral program in Political Science and subsequently beginning his academic career in the Sociology Department at St. Mary’s University. He has participated in the university’s Atlantic Canada Studies program and founded the program in International development in 1985. He also served for eight years as Coordinator of this program in addition to eight years as chair of the Sociology Department.

Table of Contents

1) The Quest for Another Development — Henry Veltmeyer; 2) The Dynamics of Community and Class — Henry Veltmeyer; 3) Decentralization & Local Development — Henry Veltmeyer; 4) The State & Participatory Development in Bolivia — Henry Veltmeyer and Juan Tellez; 5) Poverty & Local Development in the Bio-Bio Region of Chile — Eduardo Aquevedo Soto; 6) NGOs & the Discourse of Participatory Development in Costa Rica — Laura Macdonald; 7) Community Economic Development in El Salvador — Alquiles Montoya; 8) Neoliberalism & Sustainable Popular Development — David Barkin; 9) The Prospects for Community-Based Development — Anthony O’Malley

What People are Saying About This

Jan Knippers Black

This book interweaves various threads of the irrepressible pursuit of an alternative community-based, participatory approach to development. In so doing, it offers the hope so eagerly sought by a new generation of idealists; that communities availed of little more than grit and commitment to each other can effectively buffer themselves against the nefarious tides of neoliberal globalization.
—(Jan Knippers Black, Monterey Institute of International Studies and Author of Inequity in the Global Village)

James Petras

Transcending Neoliberalism is the single best text available today which synthesizes critical theory and empirical case studies, confronting the dominant neo-liberal paradigm. The two lead essays by Henry Veltmeyer, Canada's foremost development theorist, provide a brilliant critique of both neo-liberal and local community-based approaches. An excellent text for undergraduate and graduate development studies courses as well as a must book for scholars, policymakers and activists.
—(James Petras, Bartle Professor of Sociology, Binghamton University)

Kari Levitte

Veltmeyer and O'Malley have made a pioneering contribution to the literature on community-based development in the context of Latin American, neo-liberal, market driven economics and political democratization. Illustrated by originally researched case studies, this work goes far beyond description in its nuanced treatment of the role of community, participation, empowerment, de-centralization and social movements in the quest for an equitable social transformation. Essential reading for scholars and activists in development theory and praxis.
—(Kari Levitte, Professor Emeritus in Economics, McGill University)

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