The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power, Second Edition

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In this classic collection, some of the world's most eminent critics of development review the key concepts of the development discourse. 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.The combined result forms a must-read invitation to experts, grassroots movements and students of development to recognize the tainted glasses they put on whenever they participate in the development discourse.

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Wolfgang Sachs is a senior research fellow at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.

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"Short, pithy and well reasoned... There is something in each chapter to challenge, even assault, our dearest, most tightly held assumptions." -- Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society
 "Unique...the book is a scream of pain from the receiving end of a process experienced as cultural genocide." -- Guardian
"The Development Dictionary questions the whole basis for twentieth century development through a series of brilliantly written essays by leading writers from around the world." -- Resurgence

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