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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He levels a bottom up powerful critique of po Best book ever. I started to read this one as for a seminar I had to read 2 or 3 chapters.


However, the language gets weighed down by an excess of academic jargon. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Princeton University Press,pp. In my belief, if there is criticism, there should also be a solution. Some will find the language of ED superfluous and at times vague. I’m not saying that Development was an accident or contingent; there was clearly a great deal of agency exercised in both the articulation and implementation of development plans.

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

When development fails under these auspices we scratch our head and wonder There are some interesting arguments in this book. Dec 29, Lindsey rated it really encounterimg it. Elizabeth King rated it it was amazing May 04, On the other hand, there are several issues that really bug me. One of the worst aspects of this book is what it fails to focus on.


This development anthropologist made me read it.

Lists with This Book. If you are interested in my full encountrring of the book, you can read more here: Critiques of modern day western civ abound yet we think these models are ideal for all cultures. Sep 16, Carrie rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed his arguments, but I found his writing incredibly difficult. For instance, Escobar be This book has so many faults that perhaps it’s probably worth focusing on the positives for a moment.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

This brings me to my second problem with the book, and the one that is to me most frustrating. Books by Arturo Escobar. Anyone can make a point in semi-intellectual sentences with big words, basicly saying “First world countries are ethnocentric and patronising towards third world. Sarah rated it really liked it Jan 13, How did the postwar discourse on development actually create the so-called Third World?

But all this crap? Oct 25, E rated it liked it Shelves: Are these policies cherry-picked? The final thing that grates is that Escobar doesn’t really move beyond criticism to the articulation of any proposed alternative. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Must read for anyone who works in development and is duped by the development industry.


Trivia About Encountering Deve Essential poststructuralist criticism of development theory. The development apparatus generated categories powerful enough to shape the thinking even of its occasional critics while poverty and hunger became widespread.

Nor am I saying that the lack of intent lessens or excuses the eventual results, or even that the intent wasn’t there. I wonder if the extremist environmental thinkers and conservative international development econ theory arturoo met in the middle the development community would just leave things as they a An ethnocentric Western view to international development e.

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 What is left, after everything’s been disassembled? Style aside, he shows just how pervasive the power relationships in development work really eencountering.

Emerging Trends” of the preface.

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