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The Post-Development Reader


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The Post-Development Reader

Victoria Bawtree (Editor)
Majid Rahnema (Editor)



ISBN: 9781856494748


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This reader brings together thinking on development by scholars, practitioners and activists from both North and South. They provide a critique of what the mainstream paradigm has in practice done to the peoples of the world and to their richly diverse and sustainable ways of living.

Most importantly, in terms of the future, they present some of the experiences and ideals out of which ordinary people are now trying to construct their own more humane and culturally and ecologically respectful alternatives to development, which, in turn, may provide useful signposts for those concerned with the post-development era that is now at hand.


ISBN 1856494748
ISBN13 9781856494748
Publisher Zed Books Ltd
Format Paperback
Publication date 01/03/1997
Pages 464
Weight (grammes) 720
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 234
Width (mm) 153

* Introduction - Majid Rahnema
* Part I: The Vernacular World

** 1. The Original Affluent Society - Marshall Sahlins
** 2. Learning from Ladakh - Helena Norberg-Hodge
** 3. The Economy and Symbolic Sites of Africa - Hassan Zaoual
** 4. Our Responsibility to the Seventh Generation - Linda Clarkson, Vern Morrissette and Gabriel Regallet
** 5. The Sprial of the Ram's Horn: Boran Concepts of Development - Gudrun Dahl and Gemetchu Megerssa

* Part II: The Development Paradigm

** 6. The Idea of Progress - Teodor Shanin
** 7. Faust, The First Developer - Marshall Berman
** 8. The Making and Unmaking of the Third World through Development - Arturo Escobar
** 9. Development as Planned poverty - Ivan Illich
** 10. Twenty-six Years Later - Ivan Illich in conversation with Majid Rahnema
** 11. Development and the People's Immune System: The Story of Another Variety of AIDS - Majid Rahnema

* Part III: The Vehicles of Development

** 12. Paradoxical Growth - Serge Latouche
** 13. The Agony of the Modern State - Rajni Kothari
** 14. Education as an Instrument of Cultural Defoliation: A Multi-Voice Report - Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Jo-Ann Archibald, Edouard Lizop and Majid Rahnema
** 15. Western Science and Its Destruction of Local Knowledge - Vandana Shiva
** 16. Colonization of the Mind - Ashis Nandy
** 17. The One and Only Way of Thinking - Ignacio Ramonet
** 18. The New Cultural Domination by the Media - James Petras
** 19. How the United Nations Promotes Development through Technical Assistance

* Part IV: Development in Practice

** 20. How the Poor Develop the Rich - Susan George
** 21. To Be Like Them - Eduardo Galeano
** 22. Development and the Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho - James Ferguson
** 23. Transmigration in Indonesia: How Millions Are Uprooted - Graham Hancock
** 24. 'Women in Development': A Threat to Liberation - Pan Simmons
** 25. Tehri: A Catastrophic Dam inthe Himalayas - Peter Bunyard
** 26. The Development Game - Leonard Frank

* Part V: Towards the Post-Development Age

** 27. From Global Thinking to Local Thinking - Gustavo Esteva and Madhu Suri Prakash
** 28. The Need for the Home Perspective - Wolfgang Sachs
** 29. Basta! Mexican Indians Say 'Enough!' - Gustavo Esteva
** 30. The Quest for Simplicity - 'My Idea of Swaraj' - Mahatma Gandhi
** 31. The Searchers after the Simple Life - David E. Shi
** 32. The infrapolitics of Subordinate Groups - James C. Scott
** 33. Alternatives from an indian Grassroots Perspective - D. L. Sheth
** 34. The Power of the Powerless: Citizens against the State in Central Eastern Europe - Vaclac Havel
** 35. Protecting the Space Within - Karen Lehman
** 36. Birth of the Inclusion Society - Judith A. Snow
** 37. Reinventing the Present: The Chodack Experience in Senegal - EmmanuelSeni N'Dione, Philippe de Leener, Jean-Pierre Perier, Mamadou Ndiaye and Pierre Jacolin

* Afterword: Towards Post-Development: Searching for Signposts,a New Language and New Paradigms - Majid Rahnema
* Suggested Readings
* List of Boxes
* Index