Beyond the Impasse

New Directions in Development Theory

Frans J. Schuurman

Beyond the Impasse

Frans J. Schuurman

Distributed for Zed Books

256 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 1993  
Paper $40.95 ISBN: 9781856492102 Published January 1994 For sale in North and South America only
Development theory in the past decade has met with increasingly heavy criticism. Dependency theories, as well as modes of production and world-system approaches, have come to be considered as internally inconsistent and inadequate for explaining the increasing diversity and unevenness of the Third World. This book confronts the theoretical impasse which many feel has been reached.

Development scholars from various disciplines review recent changes in research priorities, procedures and orientations, and detect the emergence of new and diverse lines of theoretical development in the field. In particular, they deal with the important meta-theoretical, political, cultural and ethical questions that have come to the fore.
Contents
Preface
 
1. Introduction: Development Theory in the 1990s
            by Frans J. Schuurman
 
            An Overview of Neo-Marxist Development Theories
            Some Causes of the Impasse in Development Theories
            Initiating Post-Impasse Development Theory
            Post-Modernism
            Post-Modernism and Post-Marxism: A Critique
            The Narrow Path of Post-Impasse Development Theory
            The Contributions
            Notes
            Relevant Literature
 
2. Development Research: From Impasse to a New Agenda
            by David Booth
 
            Introduction
            Out of the Impasse?
            Rediscovering Diversity
            The Problem of Theoretical Coherence
            Theory and Method
            Agency, Structure and Explanation
            Relevance, Realism and Choice
            Conclusion
            Notes
            Relevant Literature
 
3. How Relevant is Development Studies?
            by Michael Edwards
 
            The Irrelevance of Development Studies
            Criticisms
            Knowledge and Action: Hope for the Future
            Conclusion
            Notes and References
 
4. The Political Meanings of Development: In Search of New Horizons
            by David Slater
 
            Development in a Time of Disenchantment
            The Eclipse of the Revolutionary Rupture
            Rethinking the Political in a Post-Marxist Direction
            Notes
            Relevant Literature
5. Political Programmes and Development: The Transformative Potential of Social Democracy
            by Ronaldo Munck
 
            Concepts
            Practice
            Debate
            Notes and References
 
6. Ethics in Development Studies: The Example of Debt
            by Stuart Corbridge
 
            Introduction
            Policing the Debt Crisis
            The Debt and Development Crisis of the 1980s
            Development Ethics and Developmental Institutions
            Conclusion
            Relevant Literature
 
7. Exploring Development Interfaces: From the Transfer of Knowledge to the Transformation of Meaning
            by Norman Long and Magdalena Villareal
 
            Introduction
            The Legacy of Havelock’s Communication Model
            Knowledge as an Encounter of Horizons
            Discontinuities and Accommodations at Knowledge Interfaces
            Knowledge Networks and Epistemic Communities
            Knowledge Heterogeneity and Agency in Farm Practice
            Power and the Social Construction of Knowledge
            The Discourse and Dilemma of ‘Empowerment’
            Conclusion
            Notes
            Relevant Literature
 
8. Gender Studies: Whose Agenda?
            by Janet Townsend
 
            Gender Studies in the 1990s
            From Welfare to Empowerment
            Land Settlement and Sustainable Livelihoods
            A Pathway to Understanding: Personal Livelihoods
            Conclusions
            Relevant Literature
 
9. Modernity, Post-modernity and the New Social Movements
            by Frans J. Schuurman
 
            Introduction
            Beyond the Paradox of Epimenides
            Redemocratisation?
            The Heterogeneity of Social Movements’ Discourses
            Social Movements and the New Modernity Project
            Discourse Imperialism?
            Relevant Literature
 
10. Sustainable Development and the Greening of Development Theory
            by Bill Adams
 
            What is Sustainable Development?
            The World Conservation Strategy
            Our Common Future
            Mainstream Thinking in Sustainable Development
            Counterpoints in the Sustainable Development Debate
            Conclusions
            Relevant Literature
 
About the Contributors
Index
 
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