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International Development and the Social Sciences Essays on the History and Politics of Knowledge

ISBN-10: 0520209575
ISBN-13: 9780520209572
Edition: 1997
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Book details

Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/2/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 374
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.98" long x 0.91" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

During the past fifty years, colonial empires around the world have collapsed and vast areas that were once known as "colonies" have become known as "less developed countries" or "the third world." The idea of development--and the relationship it implies between industrialized, affluent nations and poor, emerging nations--has become the key to a new conceptual framework. Development has also become a vast industry, involving billions of dollars and a worldwide community of experts. These essays--written by scholars in many fields--examine the production, transmission, and implementation of ideas about development within historical, political, and intellectual contexts, emphasizing the changing meanings of development over the past fifty years. The concept of development has come under attack in recent years both from those who see development as the imperialism of knowledge, imposing on the world a modernity that it does not necessarily want, and those who see development efforts as a distortion of the world market. These essays look beyond the polemics and focus on the diverse, contested, and changing meanings of development among social movements, national governments, international agencies, foundations, and scholars.

Randall M. Packard is director of the Institute for the History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of White Plague, Black Labor: Tuberculosis and the Political Economy of Health and Disease in South Africa and coeditor of Emerging Illnesses and Society: Negotiating the Public Health Agenda, also published by Johns Hopkins.

Preface
List of Contributors
Introduction
Instruments and Idioms of Colonial and National Development: India's Historical Experience in Comparative Perspective
Modernizing Bureaucrats, Backward Africans, and the Development Concept
Visions of Postwar Health and Development and Their Impact on Public Health Interventions in the Developing World
Intellectual Openings and Policy Closures: Disequilibria in Contemporary Development Economics
Anthropology and Its Evil Twin: "Development" in the Constitution of a Discipline
Population Science, Private Foundations, and Development Aid: The Transformation of Demographic Knowledge in the United States, 1945-1965
Redefining Development at the World Bank
Development Ideas in Latin America: Paradigm Shift and the Economic Commission for Latin America
"Found in Most Traditional Societies": Traditional Medical Practitioners between Culture and Development
Senegalese Development: From Mass Mobilization to Technocratic Elitism
Agrarian Populism in the Development of a Modern Nation (India)
Index

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