Editorial Reviews. Review. “Winner of the Best Book Prize of the NECLA” ” Arturo Escobar has given us an important and exciting take on issues of Third. Arturo Escobar, Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third. World, (). Available at Carleton University Library. Arturo Escobar, Encountering Development: The Making and Post- development theory and the question of alternatives: a view from Africa.

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Jan 14, Didem rated it it was ok. Chapter 3 “Discourses of Transition: Contrary to other reviewers, Escobar does actually present a positive, postdevelopment approach.

Oct 23, Steven Schoonover jr. Essential poststructuralist criticism of development theory. Sep 12, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: A Foucaultian archeology of development practice Extremely rich in substantive argumentation or what positivists call “case studies”.

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Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World by Arturo Escobar

A few examples would have been welcome, but really the whole book should have set up the conclusion already -perhaps there was no saving this book with a good last chapter. For first world citizens, this sscobar might sound like fiction or exaggerated.

Yet instead of destroying this concept theoretically once and for all, the author drops the issue only to employ those terms himself throughout the book! Return to Book Page. Must read for anyone who works in development and is duped by the development industry. I wonder if the extremist environmental thinkers and conservative international development econ theory thinkers met in the middle the development community would just leave things as they a An ethnocentric Western view to international development e.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Elizabeth King rated it it was amazing May 04, In a word, this book was ‘disappointing’.

Are they really representative of development? This book has so many faults that perhaps it’s probably worth focusing on the positives for a moment. Sarah rated it really liked it Jan 13, I find it hard to believe so. The expertise remains the same, and the solutions remain divorced from the local nature of the problem. Yes, he makes relevant points. Escobar’s critiques of the development apparatus are compelling and promote fresh, new discourses still relevant today, perhaps now more than ever let us not forget ED was first published in He levels a bottom up powerful critique of positivst methodology and epistemilogy that reaches the high altar priest of capitalism: The chapters were poorly demarcated into specific themes, and seemed to run into one single, srturo narrative.

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And what will happen when development ideology collapses? An ethnocentric Western view to international development e. To ask other readers questions about Encountering Developmentplease sign up. However, I felt like Escobar’s writing doesn’t go much farther than restating that basic premise in as many different ways as possible.


The ideas he presents are thought-provoking, and his research is deep. Escobar rarely delves into the details of specific case studies where communities were eescobar by development efforts, and fails to describe a specific kind of action or even a specific way of thinking and talking about these issues that would combat the problems he brings up.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

In addition, analysis that emphasizes politics and power miss much of the problems of livelihood and production that are real and not simply constructed features of the developing world p. Mar 27, Daniel Clausen rated it really liked it Shelves: Emerging Trends” of the preface.

When development fails under these auspices we scratch our head and wonder Yes he does not provide much of an alternative, but his critiques of development policies are probably the most accurate I’ve read thus far.

Jul 18, Mike Manella rated it liked it Shelves: How did the postwar discourse on development actually create the so-called Third World? Dec 28, Leonardo marked encoungering as to-keep-ref.

Some alternatives are sketched out in the end of the book, but in a slketchy way.