The Westernization of the World

The Westernization of the World : Significance, Scope and Limits of the Drive Towards Global Uniformity

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This provocative new book argues that the rise of the West to world domination has brought widespread social, cultural and material destruction in its wake.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 156 x 228 x 9mm | 240g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745614299
  • 9780745614298
  • 868,851

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Serge Latouche is one of Europe's leading authorities on thepolitical economy of the Third World. In this provocative new book, he argues that the historical rise of the West to world dominationhas brought widespread destruction in its wake.

Latouche suggests that the drive towards global uniformity - ofcultures, lifestyles and mentalities - has been the cause of untoldpolitical and economic disasters: ruined industries, widespreadnational debt, endless coups d'&Eacutetat, endemic civil wars, and the erosion of all non-western cultures.

Latouche mounts a powerful critique of the western concept ofThird World 'development'. He argues that it has become synonymouswith the accumulation of capital and is driven by specificallywestern values: technical progress, universalism and the mystery ofnature - values which ought to be called into question. Oppressedpeople, he claims, want nothing to do with this kind ofdevelopment: they aspire simply to survive, and if possible to livewell, according to their own values and cultural choices.

This challenging and iconoclastic book will be essential readingfor students and researchers in development studies, sociology, politics, and the economics of development.
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Table of contents

Preface to the English Edition.

1. The Irresistible Rise of the West: The Crusaders' Revenge.

2. Where and What is the West?.

3. Uprooting the Planet.

4. The Limits of World-wide Westernization.

5. Beyond or Elsewhere.

6. Must we Save Babel?.


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a In this intellectually sparkling and emotionally charged book, Serge Latouche criticizes the western model of civilization and development, which has become ever more pervasive in the wake of decolonization. Surveying the ruinous impact of westernization with a broad historical sweep and across continents, Latouche not only condemns its role in the deculturation and underdevelopment of the so--called a Third Worlda but also highlights the possibilities offered, against all western theories, by the survival strategies of self--organizing marginalized communities.a Bob Jessop, Lancaster University
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About Serge Latouche

Serge Latouche is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Paris XI.
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