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Chapter 7: After Post-Development
The idea of development stands like a ruin in the intellectual landscape. Delusion and disappointment, failures and crime have been the steady companions of development and they tell a common story: it did not work. Moreover, the historical conditions which catapulted the idea into prominence have vanished: development has become outdated. (Wolfgang Sachs 1992b: 1)
Along with ‘anti-development’ and ‘beyond development’, post-development is a radical reaction to the dilemmas of development. Perplexity and extreme dissatisfaction with business-as-usual and standard development rhetoric and practice, and a disillusion with alternative development, are keynotes of this perspective. Development is rejected because it is the ‘new religion of the West’ (Rist 1990a), it is the imposition of science as power (Nandy 1988), it does not work (Kothari ...