Written by one of the leading authorities in the field, the Second Edition of this successful book:

Situates students in the expanding field of development theory; Provides an unrivalled guide to the strengths and weaknesses of competing theoretical approaches; Explains key concepts; Examines the shifts in theory; Offers an agenda for the future

In this book, the author brings a huge range of experience and knowledge about the relationship between the economically advanced and the emerging, developing nations.

Dilemmas of Development Discourse: The Crisis of Developmentalism and the Comparative Method

Dilemmas of development discourse: The crisis of developmentalism and the comparative method

In the holograms of hegemony panoramas of power subtly fade into theories of history. Evolutionism was an imperial vision, modernization theory bears witness to the American century, and development theory translates contemporary relations of power. In the discourses of history produced by western hegemony knowledge and power are intricately interwoven.

In his analysis of what he calls the post-totalitarian system, Václav Havel observes: ‘the principle involved here is that the centre of power is identical with the centre of truth’ (Havel 1985: 25). This also applies to the centres of power and leading truths in the western world. The central thesis of developmentalism ...

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