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Decolonizing Knowledge: From Development to Dialogue

Frédérique Apffel-Marglin and Stephen A. Marglin


Development failures, environmental degradation and social fragmentation can no longer be regarded as side effects of ‘externalities’. They are the toxic consequences of pretensions that the modern Western view of knowledge is a universal neutral view, applicable to all people at all times. The very word ‘development’ and its cognates ‘underdevelopment’ and ‘developing’ confidently mark the ‘first’ world as the future of the ‘third’. This book argues that the linear evolutionary paradigm of development that comes out of the modern Western view of knowledge is a contemporary form of colonialism ... More

Keywords: development, environmental degradation, social fragmentation, contemporary colonialism, John Maynard Keynes, J.B.S. Haldane, Mexican peasants, Indian peasants, decolonization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198288848
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198288848.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, editor
Smith College, Massachusetts

Stephen A. Marglin, editor
Harvard University

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