Dominating Knowledge

Development, Culture, and Resistance

Investigating the ways development strategies have affected traditional cultural values and social practices, this scholarly and imaginative collection of essays critically examines the role of Western technology in development.

Table of contents
  1. Towards the Decolonization of the Mind
    Stephen A. Marglin
  2. Development and the Politics of Knowledge: A Critical Interpretation of the Social Role of Modernization
    Tariq Banuri
  3. Modernization and its Discontents: A Cultural Perspective on Theories of Development
    Tariq Banuri
    More Working Paper | Modernization and its Discontents
  4. Smallpox in Two Systems of Knowledge
    Frederique Apffel-Marglin
    More Working Paper | Smallpox in Two Systems of Knowledge
  5. Modern Medicine and its Non-Modern Critics: A Study in Discourse
    Shiv Visvanathan, Ashis Nandy
  6. Technology and the Reproduction of Values in Rural Western India
    Arjun Appadurai
  7. Losing Touch: The Cultural Conditions of Worker Accommodation and Resistance
    Stephen A. Marglin
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'highlights the clash between traditional and modern knowledge in a number of highly illustrative cases ... In a brilliant study on ways of dealing with small-pox, Frederique Apffel-Marglin confronts the hardest piece of Western arrogance - medical knowledge.' - The Ecologist

'is there something in these essays which other than providing stimulating intellectual thought, has some bearing on how we can live and shape our lives better. I believe there is.' - Times of India