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The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power

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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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 1991 by Zed Books
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May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More than excellent 👌
To reconsider the world we live in and the main abstracts that control us..
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Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
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I'm reading this right now, and I keep wishing I had read it a few years ago. really important stuff, really important questions.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book is very perfect.
Everyone looking for reality must read this book.
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
good introduction
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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.
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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