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The Development Dictionary @25

Post-Development and its consequences, 1st Edition

Edited by Aram Ziai


198 pages

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Few books in the history of Development Studies have had an impact like The Development Dictionary – A Guide to Knowledge as Power, which was edited by Wolfgang Sachs and published by Zed Books in 1992. The Development Dictionary was crucial in establishing what has become known as the Post-Development (PD) school. This volume is devoted to the legacy of The Development Dictionary and to discussing Post-Development.

This book originally published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Post-Development 25 years after The Development Dictionary Aram Ziai

1. Post-Development @ 25: on ‘being stuck’ and moving forward, sideways, backward and otherwise Gustavo Esteva & Arturo Escobar

2. The Sustainable Development Goals and Laudato si’: varieties of Post-Development? Wolfgang Sachs

3. The Post-Development Dictionary agenda: paths to the pluriverse Federico Demaria and Ashish Kothari

4. Living Well: ideas for reinventing the future Alberto Acosta

5. Reflecting the Post-Development gaze: the degrowth debate in Germany Daniel Bendix

6. Fossil-fuelled development and the legacy of Post-Development theory in twenty-first century Africa Stefan Andreasson

7. Colonised minds? Post-Development theory and the desirability of development in Africa Sally Matthews

8. Cold critique, faint passion, bleak future: Post-Development’s surrender to global capitalism Ilan Kapoor

9. Worlds beyond the political? Post-Development approaches in practices of transnational solidarity activism Kalpana Wilson

10. The making and unmaking of development: using Post-Development as a tool in teaching development studies Wendy Harcourt

11. 'I am not a Post-Developmentalist, but…' The influence of Post-Development on development studies Aram Ziai

About the Editor

Aram Ziai studied sociology, history, and English literature in Aachen and Dublin, and received his PhD from the University of Hamburg, Germany. He has taught at the universities of Aachen, Hamburg, Magdeburg, Kassel, Amsterdam, Vienna, and Accra, and is currently Heisenberg Professor for Development and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kassel, Germany.

About the Series


THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / General