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- DescriptionWith the publication of this remarkable book in 1998, Gustavo Esteva and Madhu Suri Prakash instigated a complete epistemological rupture. Grassroots Post-modernism attacks the three sacred cows of modernity: global thinking, the universality of human rights and the self-sufficient individual. Rejecting the constructs of development in all its forms, Esteva and Prakash argue that even alternative development prescriptions deprive the people of control over their own lives, shifting this control to bureaucrats, techcrats and educators. Rather than presuming that human progress fits a predetermined mould, leading towards an increasing homogenization of cultures and lifestyles, the authors argue for a 'radical pluralism' that hours and nurtures distinctive cultural variety and enables many paths to the realization of self-defined aspirations. This classic text is essential reading for those looking beyond neoliberalism, the global project and the individual self.
- Author BiographyGustavo Esteva is one of Latin America's leading critics of the development paradigm. An author of more than thirty books, he was advisor to the Zapatistas for their negotiations with the government in 1996 and is the founder of Universidad de la Tierra in the Mexican city of Oaxaca. Madhu Suri Prakash is a philosopher of education at Penn State University.
- Author(s)Gustavo Esteva,Madhu Suri Prakash
- PublisherZed Books Ltd
- Date of Publication14/08/2014
- SubjectPopular Culture & Media: General Interest
- Series TitleCritique Influence Change
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintZed Books Ltd
- Weight318 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine138 mm
- Foreword byVandana Shiva
- Edition Statement2nd edition
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