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This book provides a complete and powerful overview of what the idea of development has meant. Rist traces it from its origins in the Western view of history, through the early stages of the world system, the rise of U.S. hegemony, the supposed triumph of the third world, through to new concerns about the environment and globalization. In two completely new chapters on the Millennium Development Goals and post-development thinking, Rist brings the book completely up to date. Throughout, he argues that development has been no more than a collective delusion, which in reality has only resulted in widening market relations.

About the Author

Gilbert Rist is a Professor at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (IUED) in Geneva.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition * Introduction * 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 Postmodern Illusion:  Globalization as a Simulacrum of 'Development' * The Fight against Poverty and the Millennium Development Goals * Post-Development:  Decroissance and the Changing Economic Paradigm * Conclusion * Bibliography * Index

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From Western Origins to Global Faith
Rist, Gilbert
Camiller, Patrick
Zed Books
Economics - Theory
Development - Economic Development
Economic Development
Economics - General
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Third Edition
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Professional and scholarly
8.85 x 5.76 x 0.67 in

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