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Development Betrayed: The End of Progress and a Co-Evolutionary Revisioning of the Future Paperback – Mar 17 1994


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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 11 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415068622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415068628
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,013,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Development Betrayed crystallizes the growing disenchantment with the idea of development, giving a stunning analysis of why development has so frequently failed and the reasons why it is programmed to fail. But this is not one more ecological gloom and doom book. Norgaard, by getting at the heart of why progress and development have gone wrong, can show us where we might start to go right. To claim to have all the answers would be to fall into the progress trap, but Norgaard gives us sufficient clues as to how we might begin to create interdependent sustainable societies and sustainable environments to give the reader significant grounds for hope. This is a book whose understanding of the world can genuinely help to change it.
–Robert N. Bellah, University of California, Berkeley

Norgaard...presents a trenchant critique of modernity's vision of progress.
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Many critics have argued that modern society is hurtling down the wrong track, heedlessly destroying natural and cultural treasures en route, by basing its understanding of systems too narrowly on Newton's mechanics. Richard Norgaard, an activist scholar, extends this critique to elaborate on the implications for nature and society of a more biological understanding of systems as consisting of coevolved parts. Thus he challenges the reader with a fresh view of the past, present and future of humanity's tenure on Earth.
–Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich, Stanford University

. . .while sustainable communities may be out of reach now, we will have a greater chance to reach them by reading Norgaard. And his 60 pages of bibliographic essays will certainly help the serious scholar.
–A. Allan Schmid, Michigan State University


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