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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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 observations as a simple biologist.

What is left, after everything’s been disassembled? Encounterign 23, Steven Schoonover jr.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

According artuor Escobar, the problem with the development is that it is external, based on the model of the industrialized world, and what is needed instead are more ” endogenous discourses”. It also provides an interesting background history escovar development eencountering its formation as a discipline in the 20th century that will be of use to newcomers to the subject as I am.

May 06, Irina rated it liked it. I wonder if the extremist environmental thinkers and conservative international development econ theory thinkers encointering in the middle the development community would just leave things as they a An ethnocentric Western view to international development e. Sep 12, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World that international development became a mechanism of control comparable to colonialism or ” cultural imperialism that poor countries had little means of declining politely”.


Apr 16, Iqbal Hasan added it. 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. One of the worst aspects of this book is what it fails to focus on.

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Are they really representative of development? Disagreement becomes not a matter of evidence, but mere difference in interpretation. Dec 29, Lindsey rated it really liked ecountering. 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.

Arturo Escobar (anthropologist)

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.

Essential poststructuralist criticism of development theory. Return to Book Page. Jan develipment, Kirk rated it liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, encoutering sign up. Preview — Encountering Development by Arturo Escobar. A Foucaultian archeology of development practice His research interests are related to political ecology ; the anthropology of developmentsocial movements; Latin American development and politics.

Basically besides listing everything that he hates in very confusing and complicated language, halfway through his research he realizes that he can’t offer anything for a solution and decides to write chapter 6 with 4 pages conclusion after pages hate speech. Anthropologists by nationality Anthropology by year Bibliography Journals List of indigenous peoples Organizations. Escobar’s 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 Instead of an objective science, Escobar–building on the traditions of Edward Said, Michel Foucault, and James Ferguson–argues that instead we should think of development as a powerful discourse of power and control.


Anyone can make a point in semi-intellectual sentences with big words, basicly saying “First world countries are ethnocentric and patronising towards third world.

Dec 22, Rian rated it really developmeent it. The final thing that grates is that Escobar doesn’t really move beyond criticism to the articulation of any proposed alternative. It was a particularly refreshing read after wading my way through the development economists publications Easterly, Collier, et al.

Arturo Escobar starts this book with an intensely interesting premise: I’m not saying that Development was an accident or contingent; there was clearly a great deal of agency exercised in both the articulation and implementation of development plans.