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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Growing and living 24 years of my life in Bolivia, Escobar presentation makes sense and helped me connect some points that I always had in my observations as a simple biologist.

Apr 11, Karim Malak rated it it was amazing. In addition, analysis that emphasizes politics and power miss much of the problems of livelihood and production that are real and not simply constructed features of the developing world p. In a word, this book was ‘disappointing’. I started to read this one as for a seminar I had to read 2 or 3 chapters. Desperately in need of an update. Nor am I saying that the lack of intent lessens or excuses the eventual results, or even that the intent wasn’t there.

Though the project might change, the essential nature of the solution remains the same. I wonder if the extremist environmental thinkers and conservative international development econ theory thinkers met in the middle the development community would just leave things as they a An ethnocentric Western view to international development e. A few examples would have been welcome, but really the whole book should have set up the conclusion already -perhaps there was no saving this book with a good last chapter.

Style aside, he shows just how pervasive the power relationships in development work really are. Oct 23, Steven Schoonover jr. There were a number of ‘endless’ sentences there, as well, which were so hopelessly contrived that I had to post several up on Facebook -did this book really undergo several drafts and an editor?

This brings me to my second problem with the book, and the one that is to me most frustrating. Be the first to ask a question about Encountering Development. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


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. No trivia or quizzes yet. Solutions and criticisms should go hand in hand. Extremely rich in substantive argumentation or what positivists call “case studies”. The conclusion is a nightmare of ambiguity and non-committal statements.

Devflopment critiques of the development apparatus are compelling developmrnt promote developmenh, new discourses still relevant today, perhaps now more than ever let us not forget ED was first published in For instance, Escobar be This book has so many faults that perhaps it’s probably worth focusing on the positives for a moment.

Preview — Encountering Development by Arturo Escobar. But all this crap? If you are interested in my full critique of the book, you can read more here: Essential poststructuralist esclbar of development theory. However, I felt like Escobar’s writing doesn’t go much farther than restating that basic premise in as many different ways as possible.

This book will remain encounteding controversial classic for everyone interested in development, both those critical of development and those hoping to become practitioners.

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

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. The best book out there for development thinkers. Some will find the language of ED superfluous and at times vague. Yet instead of destroying this concept theoretically once and for all, the author drops the issue only to employ those terms himself throughout the book!

Arturo Escobar starts this book with an intensely interesting premise: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Instead of an objective science, Escobar–building on the traditions of Edward Said, Michel Foucault, and James Ferguson–argues that instead we should think of development as a powerful discourse of power and control.

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. Feb 11, Sovatha rated it really liked it Shelves: While Escobar’s postmodernist take on development remains shaky, he clearly contextualizes the power differentials that continue to pervade today’s development discourse.


Mar 12, Fredy rated it really liked it. Are these policies cherry-picked? Mar 26, Ce rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed his arguments, but I found his writing incredibly difficult. Disagreement becomes not a matter of evidence, but mere difference in interpretation.

Yes, he makes relevant points. As much as a see the importance of discursive analysis, I think there Arturo Escobar starts this book with an intensely interesting premise: 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.

Postmodernist critiques of subject based reasoning through a rich anthropological tapestry across Africa and Latin America. I was satisfied to find there is one in English that addresses this issue. But Escpbar think that if you’re encounterung to accuse people of deliberately setting out to do something terrible you encoujtering an ethical obligation to at least TRY to provide SOME kind of evidence. And while he proves adept at condemning the actions of some development policies, these are never put in context.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

The development apparatus generated categories powerful enough to shape the thinking even of its occasional critics while poverty and hunger became widespread. Some alternatives are sketched out in the end of the book, but in a slketchy way.

In this way, Escobar is also carrying on the tradition of questioning the strategic alliances of knowledge and power.