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Development Reconsidered; New Directions in Development Thinking

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This paper offers broad and critical perspectives on current development thinking. A brief summary of different meanings of development and a thumbnail sketch of broad trends over the past twenty to thirty years in relation to major development indicators is followed by a discussion of reasons for the emergence of fundamental critiques of conventional development and developmentalism from perspectives known variously as post-structuralist, post-development and anti-development. Connections are made between these and the literatures on post-modernism, postcolonialism and post-traditionalism. Finally, the implications of these rapid paradigm shifts and changing realities for future research, teaching and action across the South/North divide are considered.

Keywords: development in practice; development studies; development theory; post-developmentalism; postmodernism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0435-3684.1997.00018.x

Affiliations: Royal Holloway, University of London

Publication date: December 1, 1997

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