Postdevelopment in Practice

Postdevelopment in Practice : Alternatives, Economies, Ontologies

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Postdevelopment in Practice critically engages with recent trends in postdevelopment and critical development studies that have destabilised the concept of development, challenging its assumptions and exposing areas where it has failed in its objectives, whilst also pushing beyond theory to uncover alternatives in practice.

This book reflects a rich and diverse range of experience in postdevelopment work, bringing together emerging and established contributors from across Latin America, South Asia, Europe, Australia and elsewhere, and it brings to light the multiple and innovative examples of postdevelopment practice already underway. The complexity of postdevelopment alternatives are revealed throughout the chapters, encompassing research on economy and care, art and design, pluriversality and buen vivir, the state and social movements, among others. Drawing on feminisms and political economy, postcolonial theory and critical design studies, the `diverse economies' and `world of the third' approaches and discussions on ontology and interdisciplinary fields such as science and technology studies, the chapters reveal how the practice of postdevelopment is already being carried out by actors in and out of development.

Students, scholars and practitioners in critical development studies and those seeking to engage with postdevelopment will find this book an important guide to applying theory to practice.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 334 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 20.57mm | 807g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 18 Halftones, black and white; 2 Tables, black and white; 18 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138588652
  • 9781138588653

Table of contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Contributors


Elise Klein & Carlos Eduardo Morreo

Part I. Theorising a practice of postdevelopment

Postdevelopment at 25: On `Being Stuck' and Moving Forward, Sideways, Backward and Otherwise

Gustavo Esteva & Arturo Escobar

Postdevelopment in Japan: Revisiting Yoshirou Tamanoi's Theory of Regionalism

Yoshihiro Nakano

Postdevelopment's Forgotten "Other Roots" in the Spanish and Latin American History of Development Thought

Sara Caria & Rafael Dominguez

Revisiting Transition

S. Charusheela

Praxis in World of the Third Contexts: Beyond Third Worldism and Development Studies

Anup Dhar & Anjan Chakrabarti

Crisis as Opportunity: Finding Pluriversal Paths

Ashish Kothari et al.

Part 2. Siting postdevelopment

Beyond Development: Postcapitalist and Feminist Praxis in Adivasi Contexts

Bhavya Chitranshi

Postdevelopment Alternatives in the North

Aram Ziai, Franziska Muller & Daniel Bendix

"Who Wants a 'Development' that Doesn't Recognize Alternatives? Working with and Against Postdevelopment in Jagatsinghpur, India"

Sandeep Pattnaik & Samantha Balaton-Chrimes

Economic Hybridity in Remote Indigenous Australia as Development Alterity

katherine curchin

Plurinationality as a Strategy: Transforming Local State Institutions Toward Buen Vivir

Miriam Lang

Surviving Well Together: Postdevelopment, Maternity Care and the Politics of Ontological Pluralism

Katharine McKinnon, Stephen Healy and Kelly Dombroski

State-Funded Services Delivery as Cosmopolitical Work: Opportunities for Postdevelopment in Practice in Northern Australia?

Michaela Spencer

Myths of Development: Democratic Dividends and Gendered Subsidies of Land and Social Reproduction in Uganda

Lyn Ossome

Green and Anti-Green revolutions in East Timor and Peru: Seeds, Lies and Applied Anthropology

Christopher J. Shepherd

Body Politics and Postdevelopment

Wendy Harcourt

Manoeuvring Political Realms: Alternatives to Development in Haiti

Julia Schoeneberg

Technoaffective Reinscriptions: Networks of Care and Critique `Inside' and `Outside' of Europe in the Age of Precarity

Anyely Marin Cisneros & Rebecca Close

Design Futuring in a Borderland of Postdevelopment

Tony Fry

Is Contemporary Art Postdevelopmental? A Study of `Art as NGO'

Veronica Tello

21. Postdevelopment in Practice, an Invitation

Elise Klein & Carlos Eduardo Morreo

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Review quote

"In Postdevelopment in Practice, dynamic co-editors Elise Klein and Carlos Eduardo Morreo combine their talents to provide an inspirational volume. They marshal an exceptional group of emerging and established critical thinkers-academics, activists and artists from the global South and North-to explore alternate ways of being and living in a world that is increasingly hazardous to human and non-human species alike. This absorbing book theoretically interrogates and empirically documents diverse forms of `postdevelopment in practice'. Its future-focused perspectives will challenge and richly reward the politically-engaged reader." -- Jon Altman, Emeritus Professor, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
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About Elise Klein

Elise Klein is a Senior Lecturer of Development Studies in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia

Carlos Eduardo Morreo teaches Development Studies and International Political Economy in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University
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