The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power

The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power


Edited by Wolfgang Sachs

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  • Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 24mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1848133804
  • ISBN 13: 9781848133808
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 82,675

Product description

In this classic collection, some of the world's most eminent critics of development review the key concepts of the development discourse. Each essay examines one concept from a historical and anthropological point of view and highlights its particular bias. Exposing their historical obsolescence and intellectual sterility, the authors call for a bidding farewell to the whole Eurocentric development idea. This is urgently needed, they argue, in order to liberate people's minds - in both North and South - for bold responses to the environmental and ethical challenges now confronting humanity. The combined result forms a must-read invitation to experts, grassroots movements and students of development to recognize the tainted glasses they put on whenever they participate in the development discourse.

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Author information

Wolfgang Sachs is an author and research director at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, in Germany. He has been chair of the board of Greenpeace Germany, a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is a member of the Club of Rome.

Review quote

'Short, pithy and well reasoned... There is something in each chapter to challenge, even assault, our dearest, most tightly held assumptions.' - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 'Unique...the book is a scream of pain from the receiving end of a process experienced as cultural genocide.' - Guardian 'The Development Dictionary questions the whole basis for twentieth century development through a series of brilliantly written essays by leading writers from around the world.' - Resurgence

Table of contents

Introduction - Wolfgang Sachs 1. Development - Gustavo Esteva 2. Environment - Wolfgang Sachs 3. Equality - C. Douglas Lummis 4. Helping - Marianne Gronemeyer 5. Market - Gerard Berthoud 6. Needs - Ivan Illich 7. One World - Wolfgang Sachs 8. Participation - Majid Rahnema 9. Planning - Arturo Escobar 10. Population - Barbara Duden 11. Poverty - Majid Rahnema 12. Production - Jean Robert 13. Progress - Jose Maria Sbert 14. Resources - Vandana Shiva 15. Science - Claude Alvares 16. Socialism - Harry Cleaver 17. Standard of Living - Serge Latouche 18. State - Ashis Nandy 19. Technology - Otto Ullrich