Postdevelopment in Practice critically engages with recent trends in postdevelopment and critical development studies that have destabilised the concept of development, challenging its assumptions and exposing areas where it has failed in its objectives, whilst also pushing beyond theory to uncover alternatives in practice.

This book reflects a rich and diverse range of experience in postdevelopment work, bringing together emerging and established contributors from across Latin America, South Asia, Europe, Australia and elsewhere, and it brings to light the multiple and innovative examples of postdevelopment practice already underway. The complexity of postdevelopment alternatives are revealed throughout the chapters, encompassing research on economy and care, art and design, pluriversality and buen vivir, the state and social movements, among others. Drawing on feminisms and political economy, postcolonial theory and critical design studies, the ‘diverse economies’ and ‘world of the third’ approaches and discussions on ontology and interdisciplinary fields such as science and technology studies, the chapters reveal how the practice of postdevelopment is already being carried out by actors in and out of development.

Students, scholars and practitioners in critical development studies and those seeking to engage with postdevelopment will find this book an important guide to applying theory to practice.

chapter |18 pages


part I|2 pages

Theorising a practice of postdevelopment

chapter 1|16 pages

Postdevelopment @ 25

On ‘being stuck’ and moving forward, sideways, backward and otherwise 1

chapter 2|15 pages

Postdevelopment in Japan

Revisiting Yoshirou Tamanoi’s theory of regionalism

chapter 4|18 pages

Revisiting Transition

chapter 5|16 pages

Praxis in world of the third contexts

Beyond third worldism and development studies

chapter 6|17 pages

Crisis as opportunity

Finding pluriversal paths

part II|2 pages

Siting postdevelopment practice

chapter 7|14 pages

Beyond development

Postcapitalist and feminist praxis in adivasi contexts

chapter 9|14 pages

Who wants a ‘development’ that doesn’t recognise alternatives?

Working with and against postdevelopment in Jagatsinghpur, India

chapter 11|14 pages

Plurinationality as a strategy

Transforming local state institutions toward buen vivir

chapter 12|13 pages

Surviving well together

Postdevelopment, maternity care, and the politics of ontological pluralism

chapter 13|14 pages

State-funded services delivery as cosmopolitical work

Opportunities for postdevelopment in practice in northern Australia?

chapter 14|14 pages

Myths of development

Democratic dividends and gendered subsidies of land and social reproduction in Uganda

chapter 15|16 pages

Green and anti-green revolutions in East Timor and Peru

Seeds, lies and applied anthropology 1

chapter 16|16 pages

Body Politics and Postdevelopment

chapter 17|13 pages

Manoeuvring political realms

Alternatives to development in Haiti

chapter 18|18 pages

Technoaffective Reinscriptions

Networks of care and critique ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ of Europe in the age of precarity

chapter 20|15 pages

Is Contemporary Art Postdevelopmental?

A study of ‘art as NGO’