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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Princeton University Press,pp. 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.

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

Thanks for telling us about the problem. This book will remain a controversial classic dscobar everyone interested in development, both those critical of development and those hoping to become practitioners. While I still respect a lot Escobar’s thinking, and think this book serves as a pretty good launch pad for getting into post-development studies, I personally found the book more frustrating than enlightening. 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.

It seems to me in many parts more a critique of neoliberalism than of development per se. I find it hard to believe so.

I agree that we must develop a new way of viewing the “Third World”, as the present constructed view is inaccurate. Jlf rated it it was amazing Jan 07, I’m not saying that Development was an accident or contingent; there was clearly a great deal of agency exercised in both the articulation and implementation of development encuontering. His research calls into question development as an institution, as an ordering encounterin, and as a tool of capitalism and western hegemony. Sadly, upon explaining the problem, he doesn’t have much in the way of a solution.


The expertise remains the same, and the solutions remain divorced from the local nature of the problem. Jan Kucic-Riker rated it liked encounterinh Sep 20, Open Preview See a Problem? Another problem is that after reading pages plus the preface of Escobar’s book, I am still no nearer to understanding what ‘postdevelopment’ would, in encounyering, entail. Finally, Escobar’s dream of ‘postdevelopment’ rests heavily on a postmodernist interpretation of the world his chapter 5 and conclusion especiallyyet not once are we treated to a reflection on how valid postmodernism is!

But all this crap?

Dec 29, Lindsey rated it really liked it. While Escobar’s postmodernist take on development remains shaky, he clearly contextualizes the power differentials that continue to pervade today’s development discourse.

Though the project might change, the essential nature of the solution develpment the same. Apr 16, Iqbal Hasan added it. In this way, Escobar is also carrying on the tradition of questioning the strategic alliances of devdlopment and power. Sarah rated it really liked it Jan 13, Trivia About Encountering Deve A Foucaultian archeology of development practice Jul 02, Anthony rated it liked it.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

Jul 18, Mike Manella rated it liked it Shelves: The best book encounterinb there for development thinkers. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This brings me to my second problem with the book, and the one that is to me most frustrating. Are these policies esconar Yes he does not provide much of an alternative, but his critiques of development policies are probably the most accurate I’ve read thus far. One of the worst aspects of this book is what it fails to focus on.


Feb 11, Sovatha rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 07, Elfl0ck rated it it was ok. For a person with many severe criticisms of postmodernism, I felt that this book contributed to the overwhelming tendency of postmodernist works to avoid reflection on their own contentious positions.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Style aside, he shows just how pervasive the power relationships in development work really are. Jun 13, Michelle Seizer rated it it was amazing.

Apr 11, Karim Malak rated it it was amazing.

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.


Growing and living 24 years of my life in Bolivia, Escobar presentation makes zrturo and helped me connect some points that I always had in my observations as a simple biologist. Anyone can make a point in semi-intellectual sentences with big words, basicly saying “First world countries are ethnocentric and patronising towards third world.

Refresh and try again. Contrary to other reviewers, Escobar does actually present a positive, postdevelopment approach. It was a particularly refreshing read after wading my way through the development economists publications Easterly, Collier, et al. In the Saidian tradition also Foucaultthe Third World is a site of intervention for power of knowledge, a field in which to work, and a place where the other is reproduced in order to reaffirm hegemonic identity in this case, Western dominance and the ethos of the market.

Postmodernist critiques of subject based reasoning through a rich anthropological tapestry across Africa and Latin America.