Development studies is in a state of flux. A new generation of scholars has come to reject what was once regarded as accepted wisdom, and increasingly regard development and globalization as part of a continuum with colonialism, premised on the same reductionist assumption that progress and growth are objective facts that can be fostered, measured, assessed and controlled. Drawing on a variety of theoretical perspectives and approaches, this book explores the ways in which social movements in the Global South are rejecting Western-centric notions of development and modernization, as well as creating their own alternatives. By assessing development theories from the perspective of subaltern groups and movements, the contributors posit a new notion of development ‘from below’, one in which these movements provide new ways of imagining social transformation, and a way out of the ‘developmental dead end’ that has so far characterized post-development approaches. Beyond Colonialism, Development and Globalization therefore represents a radical break with the prevailing narrative of modernization, and points to a bold new direction for development studies.
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This collection examines the ways in which social movements in the Global South are rejecting the prevailing narratives of globalization and providing new ways of imagining social change. In the process, it opens up a radical new direction for development studies.
‘The poor, excluded, and outcast who are the supposed beneficiaries of development have rarely been afford the chance to have their voices heard, let alone valued, in shaping what development means. The anthology of experiences in this collection is a powerful corrective to this lacuna. A moving and inspiring book which demands to be read.’ Jim Crowther, University of Edinburgh ‘Caouette and Kapoor have assembled a rich set of case studies of socio-cultural struggles in the global South. This book offers a significant new perspective on the generation of alternative knowledges in local encounters of global processes.’ Philip McMichael, Cornell University ‘Centres Indigenous critiques to inject new urgency into debates over development and globalization, as resurgent social movements question modernity itself. Places the current day struggles of the South firmly in a decolonizing frame.’ Clare Land, author of Decolonizing Solidarity ‘This excellent volume discusses and debunks dominant discourses of "development" from a southern, subaltern and decolonising perspective. This is a much needed book – emancipatory in conception, grassroots-oriented, inspiring and revealing!' Peter Mayo, author of Politics of Indignation
Dominique Caouette is an associate professor with the Department of Political Science and Director of the East Asian Studies Centre at Université de Montréal, Canada, where he teaches international relations and Southeast Asian politics. Before joining the university, he worked for five years with Inter Pares, a global social justice organization, where he was part of the Asia Team. Dip Kapoor is professor, International Education at the University of Alberta, Canada, and research associate at the Centre for Research and Development Solidarity (CRDS), an Adivasi-Dalit rural organization in India. His previous books include NGOization: Complicity, Contradictions and Prospects (Zed Books 2013).