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Dominating Knowledge: Development, Culture, and Resistance

Frédérique Apffel Marglin and Stephen A. Marglin


This book addresses the role of knowledge in economic development and in resistance to development. It questions the conventional view that development is the application of superior knowledge to the problems of poor countries, and that resistance to development comes out of ignorance and superstition. It argues instead that the basis of resistance is the fear that the material benefits of Western technologies can be enjoyed only at the price of giving up indigenous ways of knowing and valuing the world, an idea fostered as much by present-day elites, who have internalized the colonial elites ... More

Keywords: economic development, indigenous, colonial, traditional knowledge, cognitive, the West, economic power, political power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198286943
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198286943.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frédérique Apffel Marglin, editor
Smith College

Stephen A. Marglin, editor
Harvard University