- Publisher: Zed Books
- ISBN: 9781783601820
- Price: $25.95 CAD
- Publication Date: Sep 2014
- Rights: Canada
- Pages: 248
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Remaking the Soil of Cultures
With the publication of this remarkable book in
Grassroots Post-modernism resolutely attacks the three sacred cows of modernity–the idea, entrenched in globalisation, that there is only one, universally valid way of understanding social reality; the exclusive and general validity of Western-defined notions of ‘human’; and the notion of the self-sufficient individual, as opposed to people-in-community–that have so grotesquely warped our view of the human condition.
Rejecting the terminology and 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, technocrats, and educators. Rather than presuming that human progress fits some predetermined mold, leading toward an increasing homogenization of cultures and life styles, the authors argue for a ‘radical pluralism’ that honours 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.
1. Grassroots Post-modernism: Beyond the Individual Self, Human Rights and Development
2. From the Global to the Local: Beyond Neo-Liberalism to the International of Hope
3. Beyond the Individual Self: Regenerating Ourselves.
4. Human Rights: The Trojan Horse of Recolonization?
5. People’s Power: Radical Democracy for the Autonomy of their Commons
6. Epilogue: The Grassroots Post-modern Epic
About the Author
Gustavo Esteva is one of Latin America’s leading critics of the development paradigm; author of a dozen books, has been advisor to the Zapatistas for almost 20 years and is founder of Universidad de la Tierra in the Mexican city of Oaxaca.