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In this pioneering collection, some of the world’s most eminent critics of development review the key concepts of the development discourse in the post-war era.

Each essay examines one concept from a historical and anthropological point of view and highlights its particular bias. Exposing their historical obsolescence and intellectual sterility, the authors call for a biddi...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 15th 1991 by Zed Books (first published 1991)
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Deidre
Jan 09, 2008 Deidre is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading this right now, and I keep wishing I had read it a few years ago. really important stuff, really important questions.
Hodan A
Initially this was my amnesia solution!once i try to read the introduction---i fall asleep. However, couple of months ago i started using it for a research paper...And it hit me like a storm. This is a book that every collage student should read wither if you belong to 1st,2nd,3rd,4th or even 5th world country. Its just refreshing,all the concepts that we were force-fed from childhood(if your born in the 80's comme moi)till today through the media e.g. development/science/technology result in no...more
John Favini
An awesome guide to various terms within the development industry. Intellectual Genealogies that get to the root of some of development's most disturbing premises.
Kyle
A compelling collection of philosophical and historical essays dealing with the development discourse. I don't care much for Sach's contributions, but some of the other essays like "Helping", "Participation" and "Needs" used the Foucauldian genealogical approach (a history of ideas) to make critically, yet engaging arguments about how the West viewed/views developing countries. A useful text to bring along on your next trip to the Caribbeans.
Mike
A true classic. Essays on the meanings behind words that are thrown out in the Western world to promote our ideal "development". I can read it over and over again.
Recommended...
Devon
good selection of essays on various topics related to "development". an excellent critique of the concept of development and the so-called 3rd world.
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Wolfgang Sachs (born 25 November 1946) is a researcher, writer and university teacher in the field of environment, development, and globalization.
He studied sociology and Catholic theology in Munich, Tübingen and Berkeley. He holds a master degree in sociology (1971), a master degree in theology (1972) and a PhD in social sciences (1975).
After a period (1975–1984) as Assistant Professor at the Tec...more
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