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.
Chapter 9: Critical Holism and the Tao of Development
Critical Holism and the Tao of Development
Life is poetic and harsh, momentary and evolutionary, personal and abstract, physical, emotional, mental and intuitive. Human experience is layered and multifaceted, but social science, circumscribed by a Cartesian and Newtonian matrix of knowledge, captures only a narrow slice of experience. Disciplinary boundaries further narrow and theories bend the range. Development processes likewise take place across dimensions – on a physical level, in an ecological framework, as shifts in social relations, changes in emotional landscapes, on a mental plane, in a political field, a historical context, on a moral plane and in a universe of meaning. Given the partial nature of development theories – which reflect disciplinary territories (and policy interventions) ...