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Autonomous Development: Humanizing the Landscape: An Excursion into Radical Thinking and Practice

By: Raff Carmen

244 pages, Illus, figs

Zed Books

Paperback | Jan 1999 | #82176 | ISBN: 1856493881
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A critique of the dominant top-down and ethnocentric development ideology. A deeply-felt and scholarly contribution to the search for alternatives to current thinking.

In his lucid, original and challenging style, Raff Carmen strips away the comfortable myths of world development and replaces them with a compelling call to 'humanize the landscape. - Wendy Harcourt, Society for International Development
"The methods and ideas forcefully expounded by Raff Carmen are of urgent relevance... an explosive critique of dominant top-down and ethnocentric development ideology." - Thierry Verhelst, Network Cultures, author of "No Life without Roots"
"Raff Carmen is one of very few challenging and ground-breaking thinkers who can change the way in which we perceive and practise 'development'. In this comprehensive book, he succeeds in interweaving a vast panorama of theories and methodologies with practical case studies to bring complex issues dramatically to life... He convinces us that alternative approaches have worked and can work in the future." - David Archer, Head of International Education, ACTIONAID
"An incisive look at many of the new ideas around 'development'. Critical, original and accessible." - Ben Oakley, University of Bristol
"A refreshing and welcome addition to the discourse on South World development. In an era where socio-economic disparities between South and North are increasing, and the mass media give consumers the world according to McCoke, voices like Carmen's are vitally important.... A comprehensive analysis of both the barriers to and hopes for development in the South.... Highly recommended for people interested in people-centred economics." - Professor Farah M. Shroff, University of Toronto
"Carmen's incisive arguments are thought-provoking and refreshing in their intellectual appeal and pragmatic'development' prescriptions. His whole analysis is based on two pristine principles: People cannot 'be' 'put' first: development is people. People are not the problem: they are the solution. A readable book for the development policy and programme practitioners, social activists and Third World commentators alike." - P. Jegadish Gandhi, Vellore Institute of Development Studies, India


Part 1 Maldevelopment: the end of history; maldevelopment - coming to terms with terms; demystifying participation - of beneficiaries and benefactors; the ownership and creation of knowledge. Part 2 Autonomy: political autonomy - another agency; cultural autonomy - reading the word and the world; entrepreneurial autonomy and literacy; self-reliance or economics embedded in culture. Part 3 Humanizing the landscape - an ethical imperative: challenging the given - women countering masculinization of the motherland; humanizing the landscape - an ethical imperative.

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