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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Elizabeth King rated it it was amazing May 04, Dec 29, Lindsey rated it really liked it. Truman ‘s official representation of his administration’s foreign policy.

For first world citizens, this book might sound like fiction or exaggerated. I agree that we must develop a new way of viewing the “Third World”, as the present constructed view is inaccurate.

He received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in from the University of Valle in CaliColombia, and completed one year of studies in a biochemistry graduate program at the Universidad del Valle Medical School. Feb 11, Sovatha rated it really liked it Shelves: Books by Arturo Escobar. One of the worst aspects of this book is what it fails to focus on.

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While I still respect a lot Escobar’s thinking, and think this book serves as a pretty good launch pad for getting into post-development studies, I personally found the book more frustrating than enlightening.

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According to 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”.


Escobar’s approach to anthropology is largely informed by the poststructuralist and postcolonialist traditions and centered around two recent developments: On a final note, the worst aspect of this book by far was its impenetrable nature.

Arturo Escobar (anthropologist)

Dear Development World, Here are all the things I hate: His research calls into question development as an institution, as an ordering system, and as a tool of capitalism and western hegemony.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Making and Unmaking of the Third World that international development became a mechanism of control encounterimg to colonialism or ” cultural imperialism that poor countries had little means of declining politely”.

Escobar’s research uses critical techniques in his provocative analysis of development discourse and practice in general. This led him to conclude that “development 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”. 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.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

Nor am I saying that the lack of intent lessens or excuses the eventual results, or even that the intent wasn’t there. By using this site, you encounterkng to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Lists with This Book. Critiques of modern day western civ abound yet we think these models are ideal for all cultures.

This page was last edited on 30 Octoberat The ideas he presents are thought-provoking, and his research is deep.

At the very end of the book he makes developkent vague comments about cyborg culture and hybridity, in the process glossing over the fact that legacies of modernization still directly affect the “developing world” and that appeals to cyber-culture probably don’t resonate a whole lot with, I don’t know, people who can’t grow their own food because agribusiness poisons their crops and steals their water.


Paperbackpages. Here Escobar deploys these new techniques in a provocative analysis of development discourse and practice in general, concluding with a discussion of alternative visions for a deveoopment era.

As a result, the development apparatus functioned to support the consolidation of American hegemony. 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.

This book has so many faults that encounterinng it’s probably worth focusing on the positives for a moment. Mar 12, Fredy rated it really liked it. Views Read Edit View history.

Escobar theorizes that the development era was produced by a encoutering construction contained in Harry S. Retrieved 24 September Provisioning systems Hunting-gathering Pastoralism Nomadic pastoralism Shifting cultivation Encounterinh economy Peasant economics. Some will find the language of ED superfluous and at times va Encountering Development ED is essential reading for anyone interested in or working in development.

This book will remain a controversial classic for everyone interested in development, both those critical of development and those hoping to become practitioners.