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Arturo Escobar (anthropologist)

For first world citizens, this book might sound like fict I started to read this one as for a seminar I had to read 2 or 3 chapters. Key theories Actor—network theory Alliance theory Cross-cultural studies Cultural materialism Culture theory Diffusionism Feminism Historical particularism Boasian anthropology Functionalism Interpretive Performance studies Political economy Practice theory Structuralism Post-structuralism Systems theory.

Contrary to other reviewers, Escobar does actually present a positive, postdevelopment approach. His academic research interests include political ecologyanthropology of developmentsocial movementsanti-globalization movementsand postdevelopment theory. Refresh and try again.

Sadly, upon explaining the problem, he doesn’t have much in the way of a solution. Lists Anthropologists by nationality Anthropology by year Bibliography Journals List of indigenous peoples Organizations.

In a word, this book was ‘disappointing’. 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. This brings me to my second problem with the book, and the one that is to me most frustrating.


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

I wonder if the extremist environmental thinkers and conservative international development econ theory developmrnt met in the middle the development community would just leave things as they are.

The writing style in true postmodernist style was consistently vague and unclear.

Some will find the language of ED superfluous and at times vague. Jun 13, Michelle Seizer rated it it was amazing. Sep 16, Carrie rated it really edcobar it. Escobar’s research uses critical techniques in his provocative analysis of development discourse and practice in general.

How did the postwar discourse on development actually create the so-called Third World? In my belief, if there is criticism, there should also be a solution. Hunting-gathering Pastoralism Nomadic pastoralism Shifting cultivation Moral economy Peasant economics.

And while he proves adept at condemning the actions of some development policies, these are never put in context. Elizabeth King rated it it was amazing May 04, As much as devepopment see the importance of discursive analysis, I think there Arturo Escobar starts this book with an intensely interesting premise: I started to read this one as for a seminar I had to read 2 or developmfnt chapters. May 06, Irina rated it liked it. Feb 11, Sovatha rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 28, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref.


Another problem is that after reading pages plus the preface of Escobar’s book, I am still no nearer to understanding what ‘postdevelopment’ would, in fact, entail.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

Carmen rated it it was amazing Nov 17, Sep 12, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: This led him to conclude that “development planning was not only a problem to the extent that it failed; it was a problem even when it succeeded, because it so strongly set the terms for how people in poor countries could live”.

Emerging Trends” of the preface. I find it hard to believe so. Views Read Edit View history. After a brief stint in government working in Colombia’s Department of National Planning, in Bogotafrom to[3] in he received an interdisciplinary Ph.

I agree that we must enconutering a new way of viewing the “Third World”, as the present constructed view is inaccurate. He has taught mainly at U. Jlf rated it it was amazing Jan 07, Encountering Development ED is essential reading for anyone interested in or working in development.