Synopses & Reviews
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.
"If you want to understand the ideological forces that have shaped North-South relations for half a century, you need this remarkable book."--Susan George
"Compelling and exciting reading…Rist's books, written with deliciously mild irony, is an account of the most crucial moments in which the rites of a belief embraced by millions were elaborated and canonized"--European Journal of Development Research
"This book does an outstanding job"--Journal of Developing Areas
"This book is one of the most astute of its genre available today...exact in its scholarship and profound in its clear account of the philosophies and consequences of the Western example"--Rapport
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