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A History of Development: From Western Origins to Global Faith

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Publisher Comments:

With all its hopes of a more just and materially prosperous world, development has fascinated societies. Looking at this collective fancy in retrospect, Gilbert Rist shows the underlying similarities of its various theories and strategies, and their shared inability to transform the world. He argues persuasively that development has always been a kind of collective delusion which in reality has simply promoted a widening of market relations despite the good intentions of its advocates.

Synopsis:

This book is a fascinating attempt to explain the continuous success of an ideology which has so obviously failed in practice. The author examines the theories and strategies which have held sway during the last fifty years — dependency theory, underdevelopment, the "basic needs approach, " structural adjustment, human development, and sustainability. Given that levels of poverty and environmental degradation continue to grow in many countries North and South, Gilbert Rist asks why it was that the world continued with this project for so long.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 256-264) and index.

About the Author

Gilbert Rist is a leading Swiss scholar of development and Professor at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (IUED) in Geneva.

Table of Contents

Definitions of Development • Metamorphoses of a Western Myth • The Making of a World System • The Invention of Development • The International Doctrine and Institutions Take Root • Modernization Poised Between History and Prophecy • The Periphery and the Understanding of History • Self-Reliance: The Communal Past as a Model for the Future • The Triumph of Third Worldism • The Environment or the New Nature of “Development” • A Mixture of Realism and Fine Sentiments • The Post-Modern Illusion: Globalization as a Simulacrum of Development • Some Thoughts on What is to Be Done • The Struggle Against Poverty: Slogan and Alibi
Definitions of Development • Metamorphoses of a Western Myth • The Making of a World System • The Invention of Development • The International Doctrine and Institutions Take Root • Modernization Poised Between History and Prophecy • The Periphery and the Understanding of History • Self-Reliance: The Communal Past as a Model for the Future • The Triumph of Third Worldism • The Environment or the New Nature of “Development” • A Mixture of Realism and Fine Sentiments • The Post-Modern Illusion: Globalization as a Simulacrum of Development • Some Thoughts on What is to Be Done • The Struggle Against Poverty: Slogan and Alibi

Product Details

ISBN:
9781856494922
Subtitle:
From Western Origins to Global Faith
Author:
Rist, Gilbert
Publisher:
Zed Books
Location:
London ;
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Subject:
Economic assistance
Subject:
Sustainable development -- History.
Subject:
Development - Economic Development
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Edition Number:
English ed.
Series Volume:
1321
Publication Date:
19971215
Binding:
TP
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.52x5.39x.92 in. .77 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Economics » Global Economics
History and Social Science » World History » General
Reference » Science Reference » Philosophy of Science

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"Synopsis" by , This book is a fascinating attempt to explain the continuous success of an ideology which has so obviously failed in practice. The author examines the theories and strategies which have held sway during the last fifty years — dependency theory, underdevelopment, the "basic needs approach, " structural adjustment, human development, and sustainability. Given that levels of poverty and environmental degradation continue to grow in many countries North and South, Gilbert Rist asks why it was that the world continued with this project for so long.
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