Latouche suggests that the drive towards global uniformity – of cultures, lifestyles and mentalities – has been the cause of untold political and economic disasters: ruined industries, widespread national debt, endless coups d′État, endemic civil wars, and the erosion of all non–western cultures.
Latouche mounts a powerful critique of the western concept of Third World ′development′. He argues that it has become synonymous with the accumulation of capital and is driven by specifically western values: technical progress, universalism and the mystery of nature – values which ought to be called into question. Oppressed people, he claims, want nothing to do with this kind of development: they aspire simply to survive, and if possible to live well, according to their own values and cultural choices.
This challenging and iconoclastic book will be essential reading for students and researchers in development studies, sociology, politics, and the economics of development.
1. The Irresistible Rise of the West: The Crusaders′ Revenge.
2. Where and What is the West?.
3. Uprooting the Planet.
4. The Limits of World–wide Westernization.
5. Beyond or Elsewhere.
6. Must we Save Babel?.
Bob Jessop, Lancaster University