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Arresting development; the power of knowledge for social change.


Arresting development; the power of knowledge for social change.

Johnson, Craig.



194 pages




Writing for professionals, scholars, and students of development, social and political studies, Johnson (political science, U. of Guelph, Canada) considers how ideologies have shaped the construction of knowledge for development, particularly how neo-liberalism and worldviews of neoclassical theory and rational choice have affected what is relevant and important to the study of development. He argues that development has become fragmented in the theories, concepts, and methodologies that it uses to explain processes of economic growth and social change; it documents these processes without connecting them to wider, historical trends, focusing too much on the local. He proposes an alternative framework through comparative social theory and addresses the influence of postmodernism, Marxism, and positivist social science on current knowledge about development. Some parts of the book have been previously published elsewhere.

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Date:May 1, 2009
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