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The History of Development : From Western Origins to Global Faith.

Author: Gilbert Rist
Publisher: London : Zed Books, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3. edView all editions and formats
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This penetrating history of the development concept has been updated to include coverage of the new development emphasis on elimating poverty.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gilbert Rist
ISBN: 9781848131880 1848131887 9781848131897 1848131895
OCLC Number: 794691574
Description: 288 s
Contents: Definitions of development --
conventional thinking, a methodological word of caution, elements of a definition, a scandalous definition?, "Development" as an element in the religion of modernity; metamorphoses of a western myth --
what the metaphor implies, landmarks in the western view of history; the making of a world system --
colonization, the league of nations and the mandate system; the invention of development --
President Trueman's point four, a new world view --
"Underdevelopment", US hegemony, a new paradigm, the "development" age; the international doctrine and institutions take root- the Bandung conference, the new international "Development" agencies; modernization poised between history and prophecy --
a philosophy of history --
Rostow's stages of economic growth, anti-communism or Marxism without Marx?, dissident voices --
Francis Perroux and Dudley Seers; the periphery and the understanding of history --
neo-Marxism in the USA, the Latin American dependentistas, a new paradigm, but age-old presuppositions; self-reliance --
the communal past as a model for the future, Ujamaa and the Tanzanian experience, the principles of self-reliance, possible futures for autonomy; the triumph of third worldism --
the new international economic order, an original voice --
the 1975 Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, report on another development, in the wake of the NIEO --
further proposals, the basic needs approach; the environment or the new nature of "Development" --
the return to classical economics, plus a few humanitarian extras, "Sustainable Development" or growth everlasting?, the Earth Summit, reflections on deliberate ambiguity; a mixture of realism and fine sentiments --
the south commision, UNDP and "Human Development"; the post-modern illusion --
globalization as a simulacrum of "Development" --
on the usefulness of talking at cross-purposes, organizations on reprieve or in mutation?, globalization or a return to normal?, virtual reality as a refuge for continuin.

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Presents an overview of what the idea of development has meant throughout history. This book traces it from its origins in the Western view of history, through the early stages of the world system,  Read more...

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'This is an impressive account of the rise and demise of the belief system that has pushed mankind to the brink of disaster.'Wolfgang Sachs, author of The Development Dictionary and Fair FuturePraise Read more...

 
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