Current development discourse is not native to the world it represents, but has come at the heart of Arturo Escobar’s Encountering Development: The Making. Arturo Escobar, Encountering Development: The Making and Post- development theory and the question of alternatives: a view from Africa. Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World [Arturo Escobar] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. How did the.

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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.

Arturo Escobar (anthropologist)

Provisioning systems Hunting-gathering Pastoralism Nomadic pastoralism Shifting cultivation Moral economy Peasant economics. Dec 22, Rian rated it really liked it. After a brief stint in government working in Colombia’s Department of National Planning, in Bogotafrom to deelopment, [3] in he received an interdisciplinary Ph. But I think that if you’re going to accuse people of deliberately setting out to do something terrible you have an ethical obligation to at least TRY to provide SOME kind of evidence.

Arturo Escobar (anthropologist) – Wikipedia

Some will find the language of ED superfluous and at times va Encountering Development ED is essential reading for anyone interested in or working in development. While Escobar’s postmodernist take artturo development remains shaky, he clearly developmenh the power differentials that continue to pervade today’s development discourse. Sep 12, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: It will make you think out of the box and question many things we take for granted. 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.


Essential poststructuralist criticism of development theory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The ideas he presents are thought-provoking, and his research is deep.

He has taught mainly at U. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Indeed, the Colombia case study in Encountering Development demonstrates that development economists’ “economization of food” resulted in ambitious plans but not necessarily less hunger.

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

On a final note, the worst aspect of this book by far was its impenetrable nature. His academic research interests include political ecologyanthropology of developmentsocial movementsanti-globalization movementsand postdevelopment theory.

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.

Yes, he makes relevant points. 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’. Sarah rated it really liked it Jan 13, Apr 11, Karim Malak rated it it was amazing.

First, Escobar doesn’t actually demonstrate why his interpretation of the processes at hand should be considered authoritative; he doesn’t consider any alternative explanations and presents his own as though it’s simply the Truth, which is rather ironic considering the general poststructuralist aversion to totalizing truth-claims.

Yet escobarr of destroying this concept theoretically once and for all, the author drops the issue only to employ those terms himself throughout the book! Views Read Edit View history.

He received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in from the University of Valle in CaliColombia, and completed one year of studies in a biochemistry graduate program at the Universidad del Valle Medical School. 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.


Jlf rated it it was amazing Jan 07, Style aside, he shows just how pervasive the power relationships in development work really are. It also provides an interesting background history of development from its formation as a discipline in the 20th century that will be of use to newcomers to the subject as I am. 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 and steals their water.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

What is left, after everything’s been disassembled? He subsequently traveled to the United States to earn a master’s degree develpoment food science and international nutrition at Cornell University in 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”.

However, the language gets weighed down by an excess of academic jargon. He also explores possibilities for alternative visions for a postdevelopment era.