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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Sadly, upon explaining the problem, he doesn’t have much in the way of a solution. In this way, Escobar is also carrying on the tradition of questioning the strategic alliances of knowledge and power. Encountering Development ED is essential reading for anyone interested in or working in development.

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

Chapter 3 “Discourses of Transition: It will make you think out of the box and question many things we take for granted. This leads to the primary criticism of ED which is that Escobar cites a whole plethora of problems to be addressed but in response offers only vague alternatives or solutions to development, at best. That may make sense, though: The development apparatus generated categories powerful enough to shape the escobra even of its occasional critics while poverty and hunger became widespread.

Jan 23, Kirk rated it liked it. Is it true though never mentioned in the book that some recipients of development aid in the past are now net exporters of aid themselves?

For a person with many severe criticisms of postmodernism, I felt that this book contributed to the overwhelming tendency of postmodernist works to avoid reflection on their own contentious positions. Escobar rarely delves into the details of specific case studies where communities were destabilized encounterinv development efforts, and fails to describe a specific kind of action or even a specific way of thinking and talking about these issues that would combat the problems he brings up.


Rich with theoretical debates between Foucault- the author’s favorite theorist who he spares no critique- Habermas, Laclau and Homi Bhabha.

Apr 11, Karim Malak rated it it was amazing. Whilst an exact blueprint for an alternative is not provided Escobar even acknowledges the task of implementing alternatives or concrete solutions is the much more difficult task he does suggest multiple starting points and highlights spaces with reason for optimism e. Dec 29, Lindsey rated it really liked it. Escobar emphasizes the role of economists in development discourse–his case study of Colombia demonstrates that the economization of food resulted in ambitious encounterijg, and more hunger.

I really enjoyed his arguments, but I found his writing incredibly difficult. Mar 07, Elfl0ck rated it it was ok. Nov encoujtering, Farida El-gueretly rated it really liked it Shelves: Trivia About Encountering Deve To ask other readers questions afturo Encountering Developmentplease sign up. Mar 26, Ce rated it it was amazing. Mar 27, Daniel Clausen rated it really liked it Shelves: Essential poststructuralist criticism of development theory.

Escobar highlights some serious problems with the World Bank, and the problems development has created for itself in the artur.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

Must read for anyone developemnt works in development and is duped by the development industry. As much as a see the importance of discursive analysis, I think there Arturo Escobar starts this book with an intensely interesting premise: Paperbackpages. Given his experience in the third world, it only made sense to me to check what he had to say about the making of US patio. Sarah rated it really liked it Jan 13, His research calls into question development as an institution, as an ordering system, and as a tool develolment capitalism and western hegemony.

The expertise remains the same, and the solutions remain escoar from the local nature of the problem. Mar 12, Fredy rated it really liked it. Anyone can make a point in semi-intellectual sentences with big words, basicly saying “First world countries are ethnocentric and patronising towards third world.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Arturo Escobar starts this book with an intensely interesting premise: The writing style in true postmodernist style was consistently vague and unclear. In my belief, if there is criticism, there should also be a solution.

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When development fails under these auspices we scratch our head and wonder The ideas he encounering are thought-provoking, and his research is deep.

Refresh and try again. Yes he does not provide much of an alternative, but his critiques of development policies are probably the most accurate I’ve read thus far.

However, I felt like Escobar’s writing doesn’t go much farther than restating that basic premise in as many different ways as possible.

I wonder if the extremist environmental thinkers and conservative international development econ theory thinkers met in the middle the development community would just leave things as they a An ethnocentric Western view to international development e. Solutions and criticisms should go hand in hand. As Batterbury and Fernando write ddvelopment frequent criticisms of Escobar, the discourse afturo development is far from the essentialist bureaucratese that Escobar depicts it as.

Dec 28, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref. In the Saidian tradition also Foucaultthe Third World is a site of intervention for power of knowledge, a field in which escobae work, and a place where the other is reproduced in order to reaffirm hegemonic identity in this case, Western dominance and the ethos of the market. Contrary to other reviewers, Escobar does actually present a positive, postdevelopment approach.

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