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Rural Development: Putting the Last First

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Rural poverty is often unseen or misperceived by outsiders. Dr Chambers contends that researchers, scientists, administrators and fieldworkers rarely appreciate the richness and validity of rural people's knowledge or the hidden nature of rural poverty. This is a challenging book for all concerned with rural development, as practitioners, academics, students or researchers ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 27th 1995 by Routledge (first published May 1st 1983)
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Ian Smith
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Back in 1985 I was working in a tiny community health project in the western hills of Nepal. We had the usual mix (for the era) of maternal & child health, drinking water & sanitation, and non formal education & income generation. And it was then that, like many others working in community development, I first read this wonderful book. At the same time I was reading some helpful and very practical articles on primary health care in the highly influential magazine 'Contact' produced by the World ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Based solely on the cover and exceedingly dry title, I approached this book with trepidation, expecting a dry and pedantic academic tone. And Chambers completely defied my expectations! He makes his argument thoroughly and addresses himself to numerous audiences, but he does so in a conversational, personable and funny (yes, funny!) writing style. Really, really great intro to the field.

Tara Brabazon
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a remarkable book and completely different from what I thought I would read. Chambers helps us - as researchers, scholars, activists and policy makers - to move beyond 'outsider status' and 'rural tourism' to grasp - deeply - the complexity of rural poverty. The layering of injustice is carefully and delicately presented in this book.

Powerful research. Powerful analysis. This should be required reading for every researcher probing rural environments.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This classic work on international development from the early 1980s is just as relevant today, unfortunately. I say unfortunately because the continuing relevance of this work shows that development practice has yet to take seriously the challenges that Chambers has posed. This work is deeply insightful, and highly recommended for all those who are interested in poverty, especially economists and econometricians.

Chambers derives what one might call some fundamental theorems of poverty and devel
Nina Munk
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is not a book a layman would normally pick up. (The title alone is a turn off for most people. As for the cover design, well, no comment needed there....) I stumbled on Rural Development in the course of doing reasearch for my book about ending poverty—it was a footnote in an academic paper—and once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Robert Chambers writes clearly and elegantly. He's a smart, original thinker. It's clear why, in the field of development, this is such an influenti ...more
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Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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pendekatan yg capek dech.. tp ya ginama lagi >> ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love everything about this book. I love what he says and how he says it.

Someone else commented that the title is ‘exceedingly dry’! No way! I love the title! Putting the last first, it’s exactly right. Yet we’re still not doing it.
Darren Hedley
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The discussion of positive practitioners and negative researchers is extremely true and useful. Chambers always combines depth and practicality deriving from extensive experience.
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