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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Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

Jun 13, Michelle Seizer rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed his arguments, but I found his writing incredibly difficult.

It calls the whole project into question. Lists with This Book. 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 To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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

An ethnocentric Western view to international development e. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Essential poststructuralist criticism of development theory. 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.

That may make sense, though: And while he proves adept at condemning the actions of some development policies, these are never put in context. 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. Dec 22, Rian rated it really liked it. Trivia About Encountering Deve There are some interesting arguments in this book. 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.


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.

The conclusion is a nightmare of ambiguity and non-committal statements. To ask other readers questions about Encountering Developmentplease sign up. Yet instead of destroying this concept theoretically once and for all, the author drops the issue only to employ those terms himself throughout the book!

Yes he does not provide much of an alternative, but his critiques of development policies are probably the most accurate I’ve read thus far. Encountering Development ED is essential reading for anyone interested in or working in development. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jul 02, Anthony rated it liked it. Refresh and try again. Sarah rated it really liked it Jan 13, It seems to me in many parts more a critique of neoliberalism than of development per se.

A few examples would have been welcome, but really the whole book should have set up the conclusion already -perhaps there was no saving this book with a good last chapter. Dear Development World, Here are all the things I hate: But I think that if you’re going to accuse people of deliberately setting out to do something terrible you have an ethical obligation to at least TRY to provide SOME kind of evidence.

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Sep 12, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: The final thing that grates is developmsnt Escobar doesn’t really move beyond criticism to the articulation of any proposed alternative. Some alternatives are sketched out in the end of the book, but in a slketchy way.

Mar 26, Ce rated it it was amazing.

Recommended read for all those interested in development and in building a world that has space for all. Open Preview See a Problem? Instead of an objective science, Escobar–building on the traditions of Edward Said, Michel Foucault, and James Fscobar that instead we should think of development as a powerful discourse of power and control.

One of the worst aspects of this book is what it fails to focus on. Emerging Trends” of the preface.

In my belief, if there is criticism, there should also be a solution. The chapters were poorly demarcated into specific themes, and seemed to run into one single, over-long narrative.

If you are interested in my full critique of the book, you can read more here: