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Jul 02, Anthony rated it liked it. Truman ‘s official representation of his administration’s foreign policy. May 06, Irina rated it liked it. Arturo Escobar starts this book with an intensely interesting premise: Is it true though never mentioned in the book that some recipients of development aid in the past are now net exporters of aid themselves? Open Preview See a Problem? Oct 25, E rated it liked it Shelves: Sadly, upon explaining the problem, he doesn’t have much in the way of a solution.

Apr 11, Karim Malak rated it it was amazing. The chapters were poorly demarcated into specific themes, and seemed to run into one single, over-long narrative.

As much as a see the importance of discursive analysis, I think there Arturo Escobar starts this book with an intensely interesting premise: This page was last edited on 30 Octoberat Anthropologists by nationality Anthropology by year Bibliography Journals List of indigenous peoples Organizations.

Books by Arturo Escobar. I was satisfied to find there is one in English that addresses this issue.

Arturo Escobar (anthropologist)

Some alternatives are sketched out in the end of the book, but in a slketchy way. Related articles Original affluent society Formalist vs substantivist debate The Great Transformation Peasant economics Culture of poverty Political economy State formation Nutritional anthropology Heritage commodification Anthropology of development.


The Making and Unmaking of the Third World that international development became a mechanism of control comparable to colonialism or ” cultural imperialism that poor countries had little means of declining politely”.

Jan 14, Didem rated it it was ok. Style aside, he shows just how encounteting the power relationships in development work really are. Refresh and try again.

But all this crap? After a brief stint in government working in Colombia’s Department of National Planning, in Bogotafrom to[3] in he received an interdisciplinary Ph. It was a particularly refreshing read after wading my way through the development economists publications Easterly, Collier, et al. When development srturo under these auspices we scratch our head and wonder Finally, Escobar’s dream of ‘postdevelopment’ rests heavily on a postmodernist interpretation of the world his chapter 5 and conclusion especiallyyet not once are we treated to a reflection on how valid postmodernism is!

To ask other readers questions about Encountering Developmentplease sign up. While Escobar’s postmodernist take on development remains shaky, he clearly contextualizes the power differentials that continue to pervade today’s development discourse.

The conclusion is a nightmare of ambiguity and non-committal statements.

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That may make sense, though: This brings me to my second problem with the book, and the one encounteribg is to me most frustrating. The writing style in true postmodernist style was consistently vague and unclear.

On the other hand, there are several issues that really bug me. By referring to escobqr three continents of South America, Africa, and Asia as “underdeveloped” and in need of significant change to achieve progress, Truman set in motion a reorganization of bureaucracy around thinking and acting to systematically change the ” third world “.


For instance, Escobar begins with a criticism of the terms ‘First World’ and ‘Third World’, a condescending hierarchy that could be linked intellectually to the spectre of ‘civilisation’. There are some interesting arguments in this book.

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

And what will happen when development ideology collapses? Place, Movements, Life, Redes review “. But I think that if you’re going to accuse people of deliberately setting out to do something terrible encountwring have an ethical encointering to at least TRY to provide SOME kind of evidence.

He levels a bottom up powerful critique of po Best book ever. Chapter 3 “Discourses of Transition: I really enjoyed his arguments, but I found his writing incredibly difficult. Feb 27, Jonathan rated it liked it.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

Social and cultural anthropology. Jun 13, Michelle Seizer rated it it was amazing. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Elizabeth King rated it it was amazing May 04, I agree that we must develop a esobar way of viewing the “Third World”, as the present constructed view is inaccurate.

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