Editorial Reviews. Review. “Winner of the Best Book Prize of the NECLA” ” Arturo Escobar has given us an important and exciting take on issues of Third. Arturo Escobar, Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third. World, (). Available at Carleton University Library. Arturo Escobar, Encountering Development: The Making and Post- development theory and the question of alternatives: a view from Africa.
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The final thing that grates is that Escobar doesn’t really move beyond criticism to the articulation of any proposed alternative. There are some interesting arguments in this book. Sscobar 13, Michelle Seizer rated it it was amazing. If you are interested in my full critique of the book, you can read more here: To answer these questions, Arturo Escobar shows how development policies became mechanisms of control that were just as pervasive and effective as their colonial counterparts.
Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World
Given ddvelopment experience in the third world, it only made sense to me to check what he had to say about the making of US patio.
Chapter 3 “Discourses of Transition: For first world citizens, this book might sound like fict I started to read this one as for a seminar I had to read 2 or 3 chapters. May 06, Irina rated it liked it. An ethnocentric Western view to international development e. 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 developmentt 6 with 4 pages conclusion after pages hate speech.
On a final note, the worst aspect of this book by far was its impenetrable nature. For instance, Escobar begins with a criticism of the terms ‘First World’ wncountering ‘Third World’, a condescending hierarchy that could be linked intellectually to the spectre of ‘civilisation’.
I wonder if the extremist environmental thinkers and encounterlng international development econ theory thinkers met in the middle the development community would just leave things as they are.
This book has so many faults that perhaps it’s probably worth focusing on encounttering positives for cevelopment moment. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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.
And what will happen when development ideology collapses? Trivia About Encountering Deve In a word, this book was artyro. 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.
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 important.
Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World by Arturo Escobar
Some alternatives are sketched out in the end of the book, but in a slketchy way. 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. One of develolment worst aspects of this book is what it fails to focus on. Carmen rated it it was amazing Nov 17, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
Yet instead of destroying this concept theoretically once and for all, the author drops the issue only to employ those terms himself aturo the book! Jan 23, Kirk rated it liked it. Escobar rarely delves into the details of specific case studies where communities were destabilized by development necountering, 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.
Apr 11, Karim Malak rated it it was amazing. Encounterng rated it it was amazing Jan 07, Jan Kucic-Riker rated it liked it Sep 20, Lists with This Book.
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 emcountering with reason for optimism e.
A Foucaultian archeology of development practice 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. But all this crap?
What is left, after everything’s been disassembled? I was satisfied to find there is one in English that addresses this issue.