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For a person with many severe criticisms of postmodernism, I felt that this book contributed to the overwhelming tendency of postmodernist works to avoid reflection on their own contentious positions. On the one hand I think it does a really good job of grounding development discourse in its historically specific context and showing why representation is devellpment. Escobar emphasizes the role of economists in development discourse–his case study of Colombia devleopment that the economization of food resulted in ambitious plans, and more hunger.

Some alternatives are sketched out in the end of the book, but in a slketchy way. This led him to conclude that develoment planning was not only a problem to the extent that it failed; it was a problem even when it succeeded, because it so strongly set the terms for how people in poor countries could live”.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

Dec 28, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref. Is it true though never mentioned in the book that some recipients of development aid in the past are now net exporters of aid themselves? Extremely rich in substantive argumentation or what positivists call “case studies”.

He also explores possibilities for alternative visions for a postdevelopment era. Another problem is that after reading pages plus the preface of Escobar’s book, I am still no nearer to understanding what ‘postdevelopment’ would, in fact, entail. The expertise remains the same, and the solutions remain divorced from the local nature of the problem. For first world citizens, this book might sound like fiction or exaggerated.

He levels a bottom up powerful critique of positivst methodology and epistemilogy that reaches the high altar priest of capitalism: 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. Oct 25, E rated it liked it Shelves: Truman ‘s official representation of his administration’s foreign policy.


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Chapter 3 “Discourses of Transition: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Related articles Original affluent society Formalist encounterinh substantivist debate The Great Transformation Peasant economics Culture of poverty Political economy State formation Nutritional anthropology Heritage commodification Anthropology of development.

Elizabeth King rated it it was amazing May 04, I really enjoyed his arguments, but I found his writing developmeng difficult. A Foucaultian archeology of development practice Be the first to ask a question about Encountering Development.

Growing and living dncountering 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. I find it hard to believe so. However, the language gets weighed down by an excess of academic jargon.

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 clearly contextualizes the power differentials that continue to pervade today’s development discourse.

Mar 26, Ce rated it it was amazing.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World by Arturo Escobar

Finally, Escobar’s dream of ‘postdevelopment’ rests heavily on a postmodernist interpretation of the world his chapter 5 and conclusion especiallyyet not once are we treated to a reflection on how valid postmodernism is!

I arthro satisfied to find there is one in English that addresses this issue. 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 Critiques of modern day western civ abound yet we think these models are ideal for all cultures.

Want to Read saving…. This book has so many faults that perhaps it’s enckuntering worth focusing on the positives for enncountering moment. The development apparatus generated categories powerful enough to shape the thinking even of its occasional critics while poverty and hunger became widespread.

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In this way, Escobar is also carrying on the tradition of questioning the strategic alliances of knowledge and power. On a final note, the worst aspect of this book by far was its impenetrable nature. The conclusion is a nightmare of ambiguity and non-committal statements. Mar 07, Elfl0ck rated it it was ok.


By referring to the three continents of South America, Africa, and Asia as “underdeveloped” and in need encounterinv significant change to achieve progress, Truman set in motion a reorganization of bureaucracy around thinking and acting to systematically change the ” third world “.

I wonder if the extremist environmental thinkers and conservative international development econ theory thinkers met in the middle the development community would just leave things as they a An ethnocentric Western view to international development e.

And while he proves adept at condemning the actions of some development policies, these are never put in context.

Whilst an exact blueprint for an alternative is not provided Escobar even acknowledges the task of implementing arturl or concrete solutions is the much more difficult task he does suggest multiple starting points and highlights spaces with reason for optimism e.

Lists Anthropologists by nationality Anthropology by year Bibliography Journals List of indigenous peoples Organizations. 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. He has taught mainly at U. What sncountering left, after everything’s been disassembled? The ideas he presents are thought-provoking, and his research is deep.

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.

There were a number of ‘endless’ sentences there, as well, which were so hopelessly contrived that I had to post several up on Facebook -did this book really undergo several drafts and an editor? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.