The Post-Development Reader

The Post-Development Reader


Edited by Majid Rahnema, Edited by Victoria Bawtree


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  • Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 25mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 15 March 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1856494748
  • ISBN 13: 9781856494748
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 213,714

Product description

This reader brings together thinking on development by scholars, practitioners and activists from both North and South. They provide a critique of what the mainstream paradigm has in practice done to the peoples of the world and to their richly diverse and sustainable ways of living. They also present some of the ideas out of which the victims of development are now constructing new, humane, culturally and ecologically respectful modes of development.

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Review quote

'A monument to the vigour of commonsense in resisting the belief that progress can be likened to a law of nature. This book is a primer for reflection on the fertile potential of the loss of 20th century certainties.' - Ivan Illich

Table of contents

Part 1 The vernacular world - Marshall Sahlins; Helena Norberg-Hodge; Hassan Zaoual; Linda Clarkson, Vern Morrissette and Gabriel Regallett; Dadacha, (interviewed by Gudrun Dahl and Gemetchu Megerssa. Part 2 The development paradigm - Teodor Shanin; Marshall Berman; Arturo Escobar; Ivan Illich; Majid Rahnema. Part 3 The vehicles of development - Serge Latouche; Rajni Kothari; Asis Nandy; James Petras; Ignacio Ramonet; Vandana Shiva; Cheikh Hamidou Kane et al. Part 4 Development and practice - Susan George; Graham Hancock; Peter Bunyard; James Ferguson; Eduardo Galeano; Pam simmons; Leonard Frank. Part 5 Towards the post-development age - Gustavo Esteva and Madhu Suri Praksh; Wolfgang Sachs; Mahatma Gandhi; David Shi; James C. Scott; D.L. Sheth; Karen Leman; Comandante Marcos; Vaclav Havel; Emmanuel N'dione et al; Judith A. Snow.