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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In a word, this book was ‘disappointing’. Basically besides listing everything that he hates in very confusing and complicated language, halfway through his research he realizes that he can’t offer anything for a solution and decides to write chapter 6 with 4 pages conclusion after pages hate speech.

On the one hand I think it does a really good job of grounding development discourse in its historically specific context and showing why representation is important. Recommended read for all those interested in development and artkro building a world that has space for all.

I agree that we escovar develop a new way of viewing the “Third World”, as the present constructed view is inaccurate.

To see what your friends thought of deveelopment book, please sign up. Contrary to other reviewers, Escobar does actually present a positive, postdevelopment approach.

Jul 18, Mike Manella rated it liked it Shelves: Dear Development World, Here are all the things I hate: But instead they spend their lives ranting against everything and over-criticising things that they wouldn’t do differently whilst providing the world with no solution.

When development fails under these auspices we scratch our head and wonder I started to read this one as for a seminar I had to read 2 or 3 chapters. The final thing that grates is that Escobar doesn’t really move beyond criticism to the articulation of any proposed develppment. Return to Book Page. The writing style in true postmodernist style was consistently vague and unclear.


But I think that if you’re going to accuse people of deliberately ddevelopment out to do something terrible you have an ethical obligation to at least TRY to provide SOME kind of evidence. Essential poststructuralist criticism of development theory. It was a particularly refreshing read after wading my way through the development economists publications Easterly, Collier, et al.

Desperately in need of an update.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dec 22, Rian rated it really liked it.

Critiques of modern day western civ artiro yet we think these models are ideal for all cultures. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The best book out there for development thinkers.

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

Mar 26, Ce rated it it was amazing. Dec 28, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref. 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?

As Batterbury and Fernando write on frequent criticisms of Escobar, the discourse of development is far from the essentialist bureaucratese that Escobar depicts it as. Chapter 3 “Discourses of Transition: That may make sense, though: This development anthropologist made me read it.

Escobar rarely delves into the details of specific case studies where communities were destabilized by development efforts, and fails to describe a specific kind of action or even a specific way of thinking and talking about these issues that would combat the problems he brings up.


Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

At the very end of the book he makes some vague comments about cyborg culture and hybridity, in the process glossing over the fact that legacies of modernization still directly affect the “developing world” and that appeals to cyber-culture probably don’t resonate a whole lot with, I don’t know, people who can’t grow their own food because agribusiness poisons their crops encountdring steals their water. Must read for anyone who works in development and is duped by the development industry.

Escobar emphasizes the role of economists in development discourse–his case study of Colombia demonstrates that the economization of food resulted in ambitious plans, and more hunger. Yes, he makes relevant points. Developmeht leads to the primary criticism of ED which is encounterinf Escobar cites a whole plethora of problems to be addressed but in response offers only vague alternatives or solutions to development, at best.

To depict the production of knowledge and power in other development fields, the author shows how peasants, women, and nature became objects of knowledge and targets of power under the “gaze of experts. Arturo Escobar starts this book with encounteeing intensely interesting premise: There are some interesting arguments in this book. Thanks for telling us about the problem.