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The history of development, from Western origins to global faith, Gilbert Rist ; translated by Patrick Camiller

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 Millennium Development Goals and post-development thinking, Rist brings the book completely up to date. Throughout, he argues persuasively that development has been no more than a collective delusion, which in reality has only resulted in widening market relations, despite the good intentions of its advocates.Lucidly and powerfully written, this new edition is more essential than ever for students and practitioners of development.--, Provided by publisher
Table of contents
1. Definitions of Development -- 2. Metamorphoses of a Western Myth -- 3. The Making of a World System -- 4. The Invention of Development -- 5. The International Doctrine and Institutions Take Root -- 6. Modernization Poised between History and Prophecy -- 7. The Periphery and the Understanding of History -- 8. Self-reliance: The Communal Past as a Model for the Future -- 9. The Triumph of Third-Worldism -- 10. The Environment, or the New Nature of 'Development' -- 11. A Mixture of Realism and Fine Sentiments -- 12. Globalization as Simulacrum of 'Development' -- 13. From the Struggle against Poverty to the Millennium Development Goals -- 14. The Great Turnaround? -- 15. Beyond 'Development' : From Downscaling to a Change in the Economic Paradigm -- Conclusion
Literary form
non fiction
Fourth edition.
Physical description
xvi, 304 pages, 23 cm.

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