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The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power

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In this classic collection, some of the world's most eminent critics of development review the key concepts of the development discourse.

Each essay examines one concept from a historical and anthropological point of view, highlights its particular bias, and exposes its historical obsolescence and intellectual sterility. The authors argue that a bidding farewell to the who
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Paperback, Second Edition, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Zed Books (first published 1991)
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Aslihan
May 03, 2016 Aslihan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very informative and concise book on the evolution of development as a concept, with specific references to the history of development as a process. Postwar world order that praised development through various discourses disguised the detrimental impact of development recipes imposed from outside. The book provides a critique of the unquestioned commitment to the development discourse and forces the reader to think beyond the conventional patterns of thinking that take the backdrop of ...more
Hodan A
Aug 23, 2011 Hodan A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kyle
Feb 22, 2011 Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Mike
Sep 08, 2008 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
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.
Gabriel
good introduction
Leanne
Oct 17, 2016 Leanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed it and it is useful at making you think about development concepts and our assumptions of what they mean. It is post-development.
Devon
Mar 19, 2009 Devon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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