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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It seems to me in many parts more a critique of neoliberalism than of development per se. One of the worst aspects of this book is what it fails to focus on.

Solutions and criticisms should esvobar hand in hand. Disagreement becomes not a matter of evidence, but mere difference in interpretation. But I think that if you’re going to accuse people of deliberately setting out to do something terrible you have an ethical obligation to at least TRY to provide SOME kind of evidence.

There were a number of ‘endless’ sentences there, as well, which were so hopelessly contrived that I had to post several up on Facebook -did this book really undergo several drafts and an editor? Books by Arturo Escobar.

Some alternatives are sketched out in the end of the book, but in a slketchy way. Yes he does rscobar provide much of an alternative, but his critiques of development policies are probably the most accurate I’ve read thus far. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Thanks for telling us about the problem. First, Escobar doesn’t actually demonstrate why his interpretation of the processes at hand should be considered authoritative; he doesn’t consider any alternative explanations and presents his own as though it’s simply the Truth, which is rather ironic considering the general poststructuralist aversion to totalizing truth-claims.


Refresh and try again. Essential poststructuralist criticism of development theory.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

In the Saidian tradition also Foucaultthe Third World is a site of intervention for power of knowledge, a field in which to 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. Preview — Encountering Development by Arturo Escobar.

The final thing that grates is that Escobar doesn’t really move beyond criticism to the articulation of any proposed alternative. The best book out there for development thinkers. Mar 07, Elfl0ck rated it it was ok. 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.

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

For first world citizens, this book might sound like fict I started to read this one developmnet for a seminar I had to read 2 or 3 chapters.

Princeton University Press,pp. Escobar’s critiques of the development apparatus are compelling and promote fresh, new discourses still relevant today, perhaps now more than ever let us not forget ED was first published in In a word, this book was ‘disappointing’.


To ask other readers questions about Encountering Developmentplease sign up. Jan 23, Kirk rated it liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. What is left, after everything’s been disassembled? There are some interesting arguments in this book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Feb 27, Jonathan rated it liked it. 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 developmemt spaces with reason for optimism e.

He levels a bottom up powerful critique of positivst methodology and epistemilogy that reaches the high altar priest of capitalism: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Recommended read for all those interested in development and in building a world that has space for all. While Escobar’s postmodernist take on development remains shaky, he clearly contextualizes the power differentials that continue to pervade today’s development discourse.

Are they really representative of development? Sarah rated it really liked it Jan 13, Jul 18, Mike Manella rated escobsr liked it Shelves: If you are interested in my full critique of the book, you can read more here: