Radical History of Development Studies

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Dezember 2005



In this thought-provoking collection, some of the leading thinkers in Development Studies come together to examine the history of their multi-disciplinary subject from its emergence during the era of decolonization half a century ago to its contemporary emphasis on poverty reduction. They combine personal and institutional reflections with an examination of key themes, including the intrusion into a subject traditionally dominated by Economics of social development considerations, gender awareness, and environmental concerns. They draw attention to those ongoing critiques of development studies, including Marxism and post-development discourse which have been so often marginalized in representations of the mainstream development discourse.


1 A Radical History of Development Studies: Individuals, Institutions and Ideologies - Uma Kothari;
2 Great Promise, Hubris and Recovery: A Participant's History of Development Studies - John Harriss;
Prolegomenon: the era of the 'positivist orthodoxy';
The promise of development studies;
Hubris in the 1980s?;
Reinvention in the 1990s and the challenge of act v;
Conclusion: critical engagement with globalisation;
3 From colonialism administration to development studies: a postcolonial critique of the history of development studies - Uma Kothari;
Understanding the colonial legacy of development studies;
Obscuring a colonial genealogy;
Memory, narratives and history;
From colonial administration to development studies;
Continuities and divergences;
4 Critical Reflections of a Development Nomad - Robert Chambers;
Nomad and journey;
A radical agenda for future development studies: qualifications, caveats and context;
Conclusion: a radical reconfiguration?;
5 Secret Diplomacy Uncovered: Research on the World Bank in the 1960s and 1980s - Teresa Hayter;
The purposes of aid: early illusions at the overseas development institute;
Research on the World Bank: an encounter with reality;
Reality is not for publication: the World Bank's attempts to 'bury' the ODI report;
The World Bank revisited;
The World Bank is finally exposed;
6 Development Studies and the Marxists - Henry Bernstein;
Development studies I. The founding moment: big issues and big ideas;
Development studies II. The age of neo-liberalism: how less becomes more, and more less;
And the Marxists? I. political struggle and intellectual dynamism;
And the Marxists? II. political defeats and beyond;
7 Journeying in Radical Development Studies: A Reflection on Thirty Years of Researching Pro-Poor Development - John Cameron;
The original context;
The mid-1970s: Marxian modes of production analysis;
The early 1980s: engaging with a potentially developmentalist state;
Later 1980s: malign external hands and neo-liberal resource allocation priorities;
The early 1990s: thinking development anew, ancient and post-modern;
The mid-1990s: closely observing poverty;
The late 1990s: back to basics;
The present looking to the future;
8 The Rise and Rise of Gender and Development - Ruth Pearson;
The birth of gender;
Integrating gender into development analysis and planning;
From equality to empowerment;
Mainstreaming gender in international development;
What is the development agenda that needs gendering?;
Is it better to travel hopefully than to arrive?;
9 Development Studies, Nature and Natural Resources: Changing Narratives and Discursive Practices - Phil Woodhouse and Admos Chimhowu;
Colonial administration and the management of nature;
Modernist and populist narratives;
The crisis of modernisation and the rise of populist environmentalism: 1970s and 1980s;
'Incorporated environmentalism' and political ecology: 1990s;
10 Individuals, Organisations and Public Action: Trajectories of the 'Non-Governmental' in Development Studies - David Lewis;
Encountering the non-governmental;
NGOs in development studies;
Re-remembering hidden histories?;
Problems of NGO research in development studies;
Looking back at the rise of non-governmentalism;


UMA KOTHARI is a development consultant teaching Development Studies at The University of Manchester. She has contributed chapters to various books in recent years and Coedited (with Bill Cooke) Participation: The New Tyranny? The CONTRIBUTORS are leading practitioners and scholars in Development Studies.
EAN: 9781842775257
ISBN: 1842775251
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2005
Format: kartoniert
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