Back in the 1960s and 1970s, lecturing on development theories was a rather well-defined domain of knowledge transfer. Authors on the subject used to be divided into ‘the good’ (neo-Marxists), ‘the bad’ (modernization theorists) and ‘the ugly’ (the computerized doomsday specialists) … Now, well into the 1990s, things have changed. The good feel bad, the bad feel good, and the ugly underwent plastic surgery (Schuurman 1993: ix).