Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development (2020)

Thinking Small The United States and the Lure of Community Development Thinking Small tells the story of how the United States sought to rescue the world from poverty through small scale community based approaches And it also sounds a warning such strategies now
  • Title: Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development
  • Author: Daniel Immerwahr
  • ISBN: 0674289943
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development
    Thinking Small tells the story of how the United States sought to rescue the world from poverty through small scale, community based approaches And it also sounds a warning such strategies, now again in vogue, have been tried before, with often disastrous consequences.It is common for historians to interpret the United States postwar development campaigns as ill advised Thinking Small tells the story of how the United States sought to rescue the world from poverty through small scale, community based approaches And it also sounds a warning such strategies, now again in vogue, have been tried before, with often disastrous consequences.It is common for historians to interpret the United States postwar development campaigns as ill advised attempts to impose modernity upon poorer nations The small scale projects that are popular today mark a retreat from that top down, heavy handed approach But Daniel Immerwahr shows that community based development is nothing new it has been present since the origins of international development practice, existing alongside and sometimes at the heart of grander schemes to modernize the global South His transnational study follows a set of strange bedfellows the Peace Corps and the CIA, Mohandas Gandhi and Ferdinand Marcos, antipoverty activists and Cold Warriors united by their conviction that development should not be about engineers building dams but about communities shaping their own fates The programs they designed covered hundreds of millions of people in some sixty countries, eventually making their way back to the United States itself during the War on Poverty.Yet the hope that small communities might lift themselves up was often disappointed, as self help gave way to crushing forms of local oppression Thinking Sma

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    One Reply to “Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development”

    1. Well ResearchedI read this book as I ve been volunteering in the Peace Corps This book was well researched and worth the read It forced me to consider the role of community development work.

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