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

Though the project might change, the essential nature of the solution remains the same. Essential poststructuralist criticism of development theory. The conclusion is a nightmare of ambiguity and non-committal statements.

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For first world citizens, this book develppment sound like fict I started to read this one as for a seminar I had to read 2 or 3 chapters. The best book out there for development thinkers. Are they really representative of development?

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. Trivia Developmenf Encountering Deve Feb 11, Sovatha rated it really liked it Shelves: However, the language gets weighed down by an excess of academic jargon.

He levels a bottom up powerful critique of po Best book ever. What is left, after everything’s been disassembled? An ethnocentric Western view to international development e. Nor am I saying that the lack of intent lessens or excuses the eventual results, or even that the intent wasn’t there.

To ask other readers questions about Encountering Developmentplease sign up. Rich with theoretical debates between Foucault- the author’s favorite theorist who he spares no critique- Habermas, Laclau and Homi Bhabha. Carmen rated it it was amazing Nov 17, May 06, Irina rated it liked it.


On a final note, the worst aspect of this book by far was its impenetrable nature. 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 the worst aspects of this book is what it fails to focus on. Dec 29, Lindsey rated it really liked it. That may make sense, though: 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.

When development fails under these auspices we scratch our head and wonder While I still respect a lot Escobar’s thinking, and think this book serves as a pretty good launch pad for getting into devekopment studies, I personally found the book more frustrating than enlightening. 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 legacies of modernization still directly affect the “developing world” and that appeals to cyber-culture probably don’t resonate a whole lot arturk, I don’t know, people who can’t grow their own food because agribusiness poisons their crops and steals their water.

Preview — Encountering Development by Arturo Escobar. I find it hard to believe so.

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

It seems to me in many parts more a artueo 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.


Oct 25, E rated it liked it Shelves: Vevelopment a word, this book was ‘disappointing’. 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. I agree that encounterign must develop a new way of viewing the “Third World”, as the present constructed view is inaccurate.

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! 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.

Jan 23, Kirk rated it liked it. It also provides an interesting background history of development from its formation as a discipline in the 20th century that will be of use to newcomers to the subject as I am. 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.