The End of Development?

The End of Development? : Modernity, Post-Modernity and Development

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Over the past fifteen years, ideas in the field of development studies have been highly contested. During this time, most countries from the South have come under the iron heel of the IMF and World Bank, who have imposed structural adjustment programmes wherever they have provided loan capital to governments. However, these programmes have had little success, and development studies has suffered accordingly. Many development theorists turned to postmodernist theory to try to move on from this impasse, which in the 1990s led to a new line of critical thought that heralded 'the end of development'. They argued that development studies should be replaced by new strategies of emancipation, or 'new social movements' theory, originating in groups such as the Zapatistas of Mexico. This book summarises the contested ideas of development studies and new social movements theory while rejecting calls for the end of development. Using postmodern theory to demonstrate that forms of development can be complementary to emancipatory social movement projects, Trevor Parfitt develops an alternative model of development which incorporates the needs of peoples both South and North.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 140 x 212 x 20mm | 281.23g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745316379
  • 9780745316376

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'Consistently thoughtful and quietly persuasive' -- Tony Payne, University of Sheffield 'An excellent tour of contemporary theory. For theorists, it illuminates and encourages the making of hard decisions' -- Ricardo Blaug, University of Leedsshow more

About Trevor Parfitt

Trevor Parfitt is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at American University in Cairo. He has held numerous consultancies in UN and NGO bodies.show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. From Post-Modernity to Post-Development 2.1. Introduction 2.2. From Modernity to Post-Modernity 2.3. Post-Development and its Discontents 2.4. Conclusions 3. Discourse of Power or Truth? 3.1. Introduction 3.2. Archaeologies and Genealogies 3.3. Discourse Ethics and the Problems of Application 4. Towards a Development of Least Violence? 4.1. Introduction 4.2. Deconstruction at First Sight 4.3. Ethics as First Philosophy 4.4. A Philosophy of the Least Violence 4.5. Undecidability and the Decision 4.6. Deconstruction, Politics, Development 4.7. Conclusions 5. New Social Movements: A Subject of Development? 5.1. Introduction 5.2. Social Movements and Permanent Revolution 5.3. An Islamic Politics of Least Violence? 5.4. Conclusions 6. Aid and the Principle of Least Violence 6.1. Introduction 6.2. Participation as a Development of Least Violence 6.3. Conclusions 7. Conclusion Notes Indexshow more

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