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Discourse and Power in Development: Michel Foucault and the Relevance of His Work to the Third World*

Discourse and Power in Development: Michel Foucault and the Relevance of His Work to the Third... Alternatives X (Writer 1984-85). 377-400 DISCOURSE AND POWER IN DEVELOPMENT: MICHEL FOUCAULT AND THE RELEVANCE OF HIS WORK TO THE THIRD WORLD* Arturo ESCOBAR? There is a sense in which rapid economic progress is impossible without painfut adiustments. Ancient philo- sophies have ta be scrapped; old social institutions have fo disintegrate; bonds of casre, creed and race have to burst; and large numbers of persons who cannot keep up with pro,qress have to have rheir expectations of a conlfortable life fiustrated. Very few communities are willing to pay the full price of economic progress. -United Nations, Department of Economic Affairs, Memures for the Economic Development of Underdeveloped Countries, May 19S1 Introduction Michel Foucault’s fundamental insights into the nature and dynamics of discourse, power and knowledge in Western societies enable us to conduct similar inquiries regarding the present situation of the Third World in at least two important respects: the extension to the Third World of Western disciplihary and normalizing mechanisms in a variety of fields; and the pro- duction of discourses by Western countries about the Third World as a means of effecting domination over it. During the last four decades, these discourses have crystallized in a strategy of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Alternatives: Global, Local, Political SAGE

Discourse and Power in Development: Michel Foucault and the Relevance of His Work to the Third World*

Alternatives: Global, Local, Political , Volume 10 (3): 24 – Jul 1, 1984

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SAGE
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© 1984 SAGE Publications
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0304-3754
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2163-3150
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10.1177/030437548401000304
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Alternatives X (Writer 1984-85). 377-400 DISCOURSE AND POWER IN DEVELOPMENT: MICHEL FOUCAULT AND THE RELEVANCE OF HIS WORK TO THE THIRD WORLD* Arturo ESCOBAR? There is a sense in which rapid economic progress is impossible without painfut adiustments. Ancient philo- sophies have ta be scrapped; old social institutions have fo disintegrate; bonds of casre, creed and race have to burst; and large numbers of persons who cannot keep up with pro,qress have to have rheir expectations of a conlfortable life fiustrated. Very few communities are willing to pay the full price of economic progress. -United Nations, Department of Economic Affairs, Memures for the Economic Development of Underdeveloped Countries, May 19S1 Introduction Michel Foucault’s fundamental insights into the nature and dynamics of discourse, power and knowledge in Western societies enable us to conduct similar inquiries regarding the present situation of the Third World in at least two important respects: the extension to the Third World of Western disciplihary and normalizing mechanisms in a variety of fields; and the pro- duction of discourses by Western countries about the Third World as a means of effecting domination over it. During the last four decades, these discourses have crystallized in a strategy of

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Published: Jul 1, 1984

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