The history of development: from western origins to global faith
With all its hopes of a more just and materially prosperous world, development has fascinated societies. Looking at this collective fancy in retrospect, Gilbert Rist shows the underlying similarities of its various theories and strategies, and their shared inability to transform the world. He argues persuasively that development has always been a kind of collective delusion which in reality has simply promoted a widening of market relations despite the good intentions of its advocates.
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Definitions of Development
Metamorphoses of a Western Myth
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Africa Arusha Declaration Asian-African Conference Bandung basic needs belief Brundtland Commission capital cent centre co-operation colonial Commission common concept Conference course cultural debate Declaration defined developing countries discourse dominant ecological economic growth environment example existence exploitation favour Gilbert Rist globalization Gustavo Esteva human development human rights Ibid idea industrial countries inequalities institutions interest International Economic Order international trade Julius Nyerere labour League League of Nations living mandate Marx means ment modern natural necessary NGOs NIEO nomic North Nyerere of'development organizations paradigm Paris Point Four political population possible poverty practices principle problems production profit Programme progress proposed question reality relations role Rostow S-VI Samir Amin self-reliance Serge Latouche shared social evolutionism society South strategies structural sustainable development Tanzania theory things Third World tion underdevelopment UNDP United Nations University Western World Bank