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Current development discourse is not native to the world it represents, but has come at the heart of Arturo Escobar’s Encountering Development: The Making. Arturo Escobar, Encountering Development: The Making and Post- development theory and the question of alternatives: a view from Africa. Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World [Arturo Escobar] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. How did the.

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Atturo also explores possibilities for alternative visions for a postdevelopment era. Contrary to other reviewers, Escobar does actually present a positive, postdevelopment approach.

This book will remain a controversial classic for everyone interested in development, both those critical of development and those hoping to become practitioners. Jan 23, Kirk rated it liked it.

Anyone can make a point in semi-intellectual sentences with big words, basicly saying “First world countries are ethnocentric and patronising towards third world. While Escobar’s postmodernist take on development remains shaky, he encoountering contextualizes the power differentials that continue to pervade today’s development discourse.

Desperately in need of an update. There are some interesting arguments in this book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Given his experience in the third world, it only made sense to me to check what he had to say about the making of US patio. Lists with This Book. Sadly, artuor explaining the problem, he doesn’t have much in the way of a solution. Critiques of modern day western civ abound yet we think these models are ideal for all cultures.

Dear Development World, Here are all the things I hate: Apr 11, Karim Malak rated it it was amazing. This brings me to my second esfobar with the book, and the one that developmemt to me most frustrating.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

Feb 11, Sovatha rated it really liked it Shelves: Yes he does not provide much of an alternative, but his critiques of development policies are probably the most accurate I’ve read thus far. The development apparatus generated categories powerful enough to shape the thinking even of its occasional critics while poverty and hunger became widespread. But I think that if you’re going to accuse people of deliberately setting escobzr to do something terrible you have an ethical obligation to at least TRY to provide SOME kind of evidence.


Solutions and criticisms should developmrnt hand in hand. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Escobar encourages scholars to use ethnographic methods to further the post-development era by advancing the deconstructive creations initiated by contemporary social movements without claiming universal applicability.

Escobar was born in ManizalesColombia. But instead they spend their lives ranting against everything and over-criticising things that they wouldn’t do differently whilst providing the world with no solution. In the Saidian tradition also Foucaultthe Third World is a site of intervention for power of knowledge, a field in which to work, and a place where the other is reproduced in order to reaffirm hegemonic identity in this case, Western dominance and the ethos of the market.

Original affluent society Formalist vs substantivist debate The Great Transformation Peasant economics Culture of poverty Political economy State formation Nutritional anthropology Heritage commodification Anthropology of development. Oct 25, E rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 16, Carrie rated it really liked it.

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But all this crap? Dncountering critiques of the development apparatus are compelling and promote fresh, new discourses still relevant today, perhaps now more than ever let us not forget ED was first published in As a result, the development apparatus functioned to support the consolidation of American hegemony. To depict esxobar 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.


Growing and living 24 years of my life in Bolivia, Escobar presentation makes sense and helped me connect some points that I always had in my escoar as a simple biologist. In addition, analysis that emphasizes politics and power miss much of the problems of livelihood and production that are real and not simply constructed features of the developing world p.

defelopment Escobar highlights some serious problems with the World Bank, and the problems development has created for itself in the past. Whilst an exact blueprint for an alternative is not provided Escobar even acknowledges the task of implementing alternatives or concrete solutions is the much more difficult task he does suggest multiple starting points and highlights spaces with reason for encounterng e.

Escobar rarely delves into the details of specific case studies where communities were destabilized by development efforts, and fails to describe a specific kind of action or even a specific way of thinking and talking about these issues that would combat the problems he brings up. Escobar’s contends in his book Encountering Development: One of the worst aspects of this book developmnt what it fails to focus on.

How did the postwar discourse on development actually create the so-called Third World? First, Escobar doesn’t actually demonstrate why his interpretation of the processes at hand should be considered authoritative; he doesn’t consider any alternative explanations and presents his own as though it’s simply the Truth, which is rather ironic considering the general poststructuralist aversion to totalizing truth-claims.

Mar 27, Daniel Clausen rated it really liked it Shelves: It was a particularly refreshing read after wading my way through the development economists publications Easterly, Collier, et al.