"The Development and Antidevelopment Debate: Critical Reflections on the Philosophical Foundations," by Martha Jalail Rabbani.


DEVELOPMENT VS. ANTIDEVELOPMENT: In her new book “The Development and Antidevelopment Debate: Critical Reflections on the Philosophical Foundations,” Martha Jalail Rabbani, lecturer in peace and conflict studies and humanities and western civilization, explores the ongoing discussion about development and what it means in developing countries. Rabbani explores the philosophical assumptions that make up the debate and analyzes how modern development projects and antidevelopment discourse reduce the human condition to a struggle for self-preservation. Greg Mortenson, founder of the Central Asia Institute, said the book is “a unique, profound and daring case for why real development cannot be a unilateral endeavour. The unconventional conclusion that yet may ring so familiar to those who are sincerely engaged in the pursuit of people's well-being is that we all live in an underdeveloped world and that development can only be fostered when all parties are allowed and welcomed to contribute to the well-being of everyone else.” The book is available at Jayhawk Ink in the Kansas Union.


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