The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power



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 EraEach 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 HumanityThese 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 DiscourseThe Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power

Wolfgang Sachs born 25 November 1946 is a researcher, writer and university teacher in the field of environment, development, and globalization.He studied sociology and Catholic theology in Munich, T bingen and Berkeley He holds a master degree in sociology 1971 , a master degree in theology 1972 and a PhD in social sciences 1975.After a period 1975 1984 as Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Berlin he joined the Society for International Development in Rome as a co editor of the journal Development 1987 1990 he was Visiting Professor at Pennsylvania State University and 1990 1993 Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen.In 1992 he edited and co authored the volume The Development Dictionary A Guide to Knowledge as Power London Zed Books , by now a classic in Post Development Studies, which has been translated into a dozen languages A new edition, including a new preface, was published in 2010.Since 1993 Sachs has worked at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy In Germany, since 2009 as head of the Berlin Office He served also as chairman of Greenpeace Germany from 1993 to 2001, and as a lead author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC from 1999 to 2001 On behalf of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Berlin, he chaired two international civil society expert panels, one to draft a memorandum for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002 The Jo burg Memo and the other also on behalf of Misereor to carry out a Dialogue Report on multilateral trade rules for sustainable markets in agriculture Slow Trade Sound Farming, 2007 He is also Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the annual fair Terra Futura in Florence, Italy a Curator of the annual Toblach Talks in Toblach, Italy, and a co organizer of the annual Spiekeroog Climate Talks on the island of Spiekeroog, Germany Sachs is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of ATTAC.Further, he is the principal author of Fair Future Resource Conflicts, Security and Global Justice and Sustainable Germany in a Globalized World, both major studies produced by the Wuppertal Institute Sachs is also a member of the Club of Rome, a lecturer at Schumacher College and a Honorary Professor at the University of Kassel, Germany.

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power
  • Wolfgang Sachs
  • English
  • 10 February 2019
  • 1856490440

10 thoughts on “The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power

  1. says:

    This is a very informative and concise book on the evolution of development as a concept, with specific references to the history of development as a process Postwar world order that praised development through various discourses disguised the detrimental impact of development recipes imposed from outside The book provides a critique of the unquestioned commitment to the development discourse and forces the reader to think beyond the conventional patterns of thinking that take the backdrop of This is a very informative and concise book on the evolution of development as a concept, with specific references to the history of development as a process Postwar world order that praised development through various discourses disguised the detrimental impact of development recipes imposed from outside The book provides a critique of the unquestioned commitment to the development discourse and forces the reader to think beyond the conventional patterns of thinking that take the backdrop of underdevelopment for granted and push for development at great cost.Among many prominent scholars who made contributions, I personally would like to underline the work of Vandana Shiva on Resources, especially in a time when the environmental impact of development has become irreversible

  2. says:

    More than excellent To reconsider the world we live in and the main abstracts that control us..

  3. says:

    Initially this was my amnesia solution once i try to read the introduction i fall asleep However, couple of months ago i started using it for a research paperAnd it hit me like a storm This is a book that every collage student should read wither if you belong to 1st,2nd,3rd,4th or even 5th world country Its just refreshing,all the concepts that we were force fed from childhood if your born in the 80 s comme moi till today through the media e.g development science technology result in no Initially this was my amnesia solution once i try to read the introduction i fall asleep However, couple of months ago i started using it for a research paperAnd it hit me like a storm This is a book that every collage student should read wither if you belong to 1st,2nd,3rd,4th or even 5th world country Its just refreshing,all the concepts that we were force fed from childhood if your born in the 80 s comme moi till today through the media e.g development science technology result in nothing but social conditioning of an overly consumer based reality We are taught to buy to consume to learn to work to go over and buystuff This whole charade is articulated in simple understandable terms A salute to all the writers that contributed in the making of this peace of ART

  4. says:

    Mustread for all people involved in or interested in development aid the book turns your worldview upside down Very powerful stuff highly needed to put the assumptions behind aid into perspective.

  5. says:

    An awesome guide to various terms within the development industry Intellectual Genealogies that get to the root of some of development s most disturbing premises.

  6. says:

    A true classic Essays on the meanings behind words that are thrown out in the Western world to promote our ideal development I can read it over and over again.Recommended

  7. says:

    I m reading this right now, and I keep wishing I had read it a few years ago really important stuff, really important questions.

  8. says:

    this book is very perfect.Everyone looking for reality must read this book.

  9. says:

    good introduction

  10. says:

    I enjoyed it and it is useful at making you think about development concepts and our assumptions of what they mean It is post development.

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