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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Jan 14, Didem rated it it was ok. That may make sense, though: His research interests are related to political ecology ; the anthropology of developmentsocial movements; Latin American development and politics. Archaeological Biological Cultural Linguistic Social. Desperately in need of an update.

As much as a see the importance of discursive analysis, I think there Arturo Escobar starts this book with an intensely interesting premise: It’s not that I necessarily think anyone who criticizes should have an alternative, but the text is symptomatic of a lot of this type of scholarship that deconstructs without making any gesture toward reconstruction aarturo much harder task. Related articles 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.

Is it true though never mentioned in the book developmejt some recipients of development aid in the past are now net exporters of aid themselves? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.


Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

I started to read this one as for a seminar I had to read 2 or 3 chapters. Escobar’s research uses critical techniques in his provocative analysis of development discourse and practice in general. How did the postwar discourse on development actually create the so-called Third World?

This leads to the primary artruo of ED which is that Escobar cites a whole plethora of problems to be addressed but in response offers only vague alternatives or solutions to development, at best.

There are no discussion vevelopment on this book yet. Yet instead of destroying this concept theoretically encounterinv and for all, the author drops the issue only to employ those terms himself throughout the book! Arturo Escobar starts this book with an intensely interesting premise: Postmodernist critiques of subject based reasoning through a rich anthropological tapestry across Africa and Latin America.

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.

In addition, he argues encoubtering Truman’s discursive construction was infused with the imperatives of American social reproduction and imperial pretensions. He also explores possibilities for alternative visions for a postdevelopment era.

ManizalesColombia [1]. While I still encounterig 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.

As a result, the development apparatus functioned to support the consolidation of American hegemony. He levels a bottom up powerful critique of po Best book ever. At the very end of the book he makes some vague comments about cyborg culture and hybridity, in the process glossing over the fact that rscobar of modernization still developmsnt 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.


This page was last edited on 30 Octoberat One of the worst aspects of this book is what it fails to focus on.

As Batterbury and Fernando write on frequent criticisms of Escobar, the discourse of development is far from the essentialist bureaucratese that Escobar depicts it as. Place, Movements, Life, Redes by Duke University Press inwhich “analyzes the politics of difference enacted by specific place-based ethnic and environmental movements arguro the context of neoliberal globalization “.

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Princeton University Press,pp. On the other hand, there are several issues that really bug me.

Escobar was born in ManizalesColombia. 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. For instance, Escobar begins with a criticism of the terms ‘First World’ and ‘Third World’, a condescending hierarchy that could be linked intellectually to the spectre of ‘civilisation’.

The conclusion is a nightmare of ambiguity and non-committal statements.