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Post-Development Theory and the Question of Alternatives: A View from Africa

Sally Matthews
Third World Quarterly
Vol. 25, No. 2 (2004), pp. 373-384
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3993687
Page Count: 12
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Post-Development Theory and the Question of Alternatives: A View from Africa
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Abstract

Post-development theorists have declared development obsolete and bankrupt and have called for 'alternatives to development'. What do they mean by such calls and what should be the African response to such calls? In this paper I will attempt to address three important questions: first, what is meant by post-development theory's call for 'alternatives to development'? Second, why consider post-development theory from an African perspective? Third, what contributions can a consideration of African difference and diversity make towards debate on 'alternatives to development'? I conclude by arguing that increased consideration of the African experience would be valuable for all who are seeking alternative ways of dealing with the problems that development purports to address.

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