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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; With a New preface by the author edition (30 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691150451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691150451
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Arturo Escobar has given us an important and exciting take on issues of Third World development and its alternatives. . . . [This book] indisputably provides some exciting and significant new ways of thinking about development. . . . Arturo Escobar has done us all a service."--Contemporary Sociology



"[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

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"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

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A good overview of the aid industry. on 17 Jun 2012
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This book is perhaps more philosophical that practical or theoretical. But amongst all the talk of the inevitability of development, this book (still) offers a much needed critique on this subject.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Reunderstanding development 15 May 2000
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Format: Paperback
Arturo Escobar critics the whole concept of development in theory and practice from an extremely unusual and original perspective. He steps back and views development as something exotic and almost non-sense. Inspired on the work of Foucault, the author examines the evolution of the discourse about development as a form of how the West keeps exerting power and influence on the Third World. The ethnocentric views of development and interventions that come with them - propagated by Western governments, multinational companies, development institutions and academia - puts Third World cultures and traditional populations as something that should be significantly changed to achieve the so-dreamed "development." Although the results of these western-driven interventions over decades have usually been catastrophic for Third World's populations and cultures, Western "experts" keep coming to the Third World and elaborating new forms of discourses on development, now addressing objects like sustainable development, women and development and poverty erradication - all ethnocentric and based on western values. This book should be read by anyone who wants to reunderstand development in the Third World (and reflect if it is needed at all!).
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Reunderstanding development 15 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Arturo Escobar critics the whole concept of development in theory and practice from an extremely unusual and original perspective. He steps back and views development as something exotic and almost non-sense. Inspired on the work of Foucault, the author examines the evolution of the discourse about development as a form of how the West keeps exerting power and influence on the Third World. The ethnocentric views of development and interventions that come with them - propagated by Western governments, multinational companies, development institutions and academia - puts Third World cultures and traditional populations as something that should be significantly changed to achieve the so-dreamed "development." Although the results of these western-driven interventions over decades have usually been catastrophic for Third World's populations and cultures, Western "experts" keep coming to the Third World and elaborating new forms of discourses on development, now addressing objects like sustainable development, women and development and poverty erradication - all ethnocentric and based on western values. This book should be read by anyone who wants to reunderstand development in the Third World (and reflect if it is needed at all!).
Great book to Understand What a Eurocentric "Development" Truly is 27 Jan 2014
By karim bataineh - Published on Amazon.com
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great book, the author is makes extremely elaborate yet easy to understand points.
Anyone looking to be involved in the world of development in any way should read this book. You do not have to agree with the author, but at least be aware of the pitfalls of development that he maps out. and at the very least answer to them.
12 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Pie in the Sky Pomo 18 Aug 2009
By Garrett J. Menning - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Encountering Development represents what has become an unfortunate growth industry in the 1980s abd 1990s: postmdodern critiques of the development industry. Escobar presents some stimulating criticisms of the whole development paradigm along with an assortment of critiques so abstract and jargon-ridden that it is difficult to understand what he and his compratriots actually mean. It is hard to argue that development efforts to date have measured up to what has been promised. But what is lacking in this book--as in most other works of this kind--are realistic, coherent and practical suggestions for alternatives.
8 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Anger does not equal analysis 8 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a tract, not a thoughtful piece of scholarship. It is in the Latin American school of angry social science, but is little informed by fact. Much of what it says is correct, but is also well known. But the analysis is weak, based on incorrect or outdated data, and simply a regurgitation of stereotypes instead of a deductive grounded analysis based upon good ethnographic work. It is therefore often simply wrong. But anger sells books.....
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