In this pioneering collection, some of the world’s most eminent critics of development review the key concepts of the development discourse in the post-war era.
Each essay examines one concept from a historical and anthropological point of view and highlights its particular bias. Exposing their historical obsolescence and intellectual sterility, the authors call for a bidding farewell to the whole Eurocentric development idea. This is urgently needed, they argue, in order to liberate people’s minds – in both North and South – for bold responses to the environmental and ethical challenges now confronting humanity.
These essays are an invitation to experts, grassroots movements and students of development to recognize the tainted glasses they put on whenever they participate in the development discourse.