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The history of development : from western origins to global faith

Author: Gilbert Rist
Publisher: London ; New York : Zed Books, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fourth editionView all editions and formats
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In The History of Development, Gilbert Rist provides a complete and powerful overview of what the idea of development has meant throughout history. He traces it from its origins in the Western view of history, through the early stages of the world system, the rise of US hegemony, the supposed triumph of the third world, through to new concerns about the environment and globalization. In two new chapters on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Geschiedenis (vorm)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gilbert Rist
ISBN: 9781783600236 1783600233 1783600225 9781783600229
OCLC Number: 870426513
Description: xvi, 304 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. 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 --
2. Metamorphoses of a Western Myth --
What The Metaphor Implies --
Landmarks in the Western View of History --
Conclusion --
3. The Making of a World System --
Colonization --
The League of Nations and the Mandate System --
Conclusion --
4. The Invention of Development --
President Truman's Point Four --
A New World-view: `Underdevelopment' --
US Hegemony --
A New Paradigm --
The `Development' Age --
5. The International Doctrine and Institutions Take Root --
The Bandung Conference --
The New International `Development' Agencies --
6. Modernization Poised between History and Prophecy --
A Philosophy of History: Rostow's Stages of Economic Growth --
Anti-communism or Marxism without Marx? --
Dissident Voices. Contents note continued: 7. The Periphery and the Understanding of History --
Neo-Marxism in the United States --
The Latin American Dependentistas --
A New Paradigm, but Age-old Presuppositions --
8. Self-reliance: The Communal Past as a Model for the Future --
Ujamaa and the Tanzanian Experience --
The Principles of Self-reliance --
Possible Futures for Self-reliance --
9. 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 --
Conclusion --
10. 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 --
11.A Mixture of Realism and Fine Sentiments --
The South Commission --
The UNDP and `Human Development' Contents note continued: 12. Globalization as Simulacrum of `Development' --
On the Usefulness of Talking at Cross-purposes --
Globalization, the Last Hope of Achieving `Development'? --
Virtual Reality as a Refuge for Continuing Belief --
13. From the Struggle against Poverty to the Millennium Development Goals --
Just What Is the Problem? --
Who Are the Poor? --
Intervention on All Fronts --
The Millennium Goals --
`Development' in Shreds --
`Development Aid': Massaging the Figures --
Conclusion --
14. The Great Turnaround? --
`Development' Nowhere To Be Found --
Towards Other Models? --
Success in Reducing Poverty? --
Ecology as Victim of the Crisis --
Conclusion --
15. Beyond `Development': From Downscaling to a Change in the Economic Paradigm --
Objectors to Growth and `Development Loyalists' --
Economic `Science': An Obsolete Paradigm --
Conclusion --
Conclusion --
The Facts --
`Post-development' Exhaustion of the Economic Paradigm: Believing or Knowing?
Other Titles: Développement.
Responsibility: Gilbert Rist ; translated by Patrick Camiller.

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