Grassroots Post-modernism [electronic resource] : Remaking the Soil of Cultures

Esteva, Gustavo [Browse]
2nd ed.
London : Zed Books, 2014.
1 online resource (250 p.)


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With the publication of this remarkable book in 1998, Gustavo Esteva and Madhu Suri Prakash instigated a complete epistemological rupture. Grassroots Post-modernism attacks the three sacred cows of modernity: global thinking, the universality of human rights and the self-sufficient individual. Rejecting the constructs of development in all its forms, Esteva and Prakash argue that even alternative development prescriptions deprive the people of control over their own lives, shifting this control to bureaucrats, technocrats and educators. Rather than presuming that human progress fits a predeter
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  • Front Cover; critique influence change; About the Authors; Title; Copyright; Contents; Foreword; Preface to the critique influence change edition: Pathways to Commoning; Commoning: marginalizing the marginalizers; Ya basta! Enough!; No epilogue; Democracy is dead. Long live democracy; A new, very old, social subject; Every day, everywhere; 1 Grassroots Post-modernism: Beyond the Individual Self, Human Rights and Development; Grassroots post-modernism: An oxymoron?; Peoples beyond modernity: sagas of resistance and liberation; David and Goliath; Interlocutor and audience
  • Beyond the three sacred cowsWho are ""the people""?; Content and structure of this book; Notes; 2 From Global to Local: Beyond Neoliberalism to the International of Hope; Global thinking is impossible; The wisdom of thinking small; Downsizing to human scale; Escaping parochialism; Clothing the emperor; The power of thinking and acting locally; Non-provincial localism: forging human solidarities; Settling in a pluriverse; Beyond the nation-state; Beyond the global neoliberalism: the international of hope; Notes; 3 Beyond the Individual Self: Regenerating Ourselves; Dis-membering; Re-membering
  • Remaking the soil of culturesCommunal memory: remembering to escape dis-membering; Who am I? From calling card to knots in nets; Return and re-membership: regenerating soil cultures; From tolerance to hospitality; Beyond waste: composting, remaking communal soil; Hospitality abused: demarcating post-modern limits; Notes; 4 Human Rights: The Trojan Horse of Recolonization?; Human rights universalized: liberation or abuse?; Gandhi: liberation without modern states or human rights; From Beijing: global platforms and universal rights; Moral progress or aberrations?; Celebrating the pluriverse
  • Torture and violence: the bottom lineThe kitsch of human rights: the last moral resort for recolonization?; The current threat; Beyond the violence of human rights; Towards new intercultural dialogues; Notes; 5 People's Power: Radical Democracy for the Autonomy of their Commons; Democracy today: subversive or dead?; The rise and fall of democracy; Radical democracy; Like the shade of a tree; Notes; 6 Epilogue: The Grassroots Post-modern Epic; No new truths, reopening our horizons; Regenerating public virtues; Notes; Bibliography; Index; Back cover
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