August 18, 2002
rules development studies?
and Development Studies: Challenges
for the 21st Century,
edited by Frans J. Schuurman. Vistaar Publications. New Delhi.
Pages 212. Rs 275.
are a number of competing, often conflicting, definitions of
development, a term which has been almost universally
proclaimed to be one of the prime objectives of the
nation-state as well as multi-lateral agencies in the
post-World War II era, especially with reference to the Third
World. This has lead to the origin and growth of the
curriculum of development studies, dedicated exclusively to
the study of inter-disciplinary models of development that
link economic growth with social, cultural and political
progress in communication technology, exceedingly fast means
of transport and the exponentially increasing international
trade and commerce, globalisation is being accepted, almost
axiomatically, as the all-pervasive order of the day.
is no unanimously accepted definition of the term
globalisation and it has been used, even in the most rigorous
of academic works, to convey a wide variety of connotations.
It has been used to describe the creation of a single world
market, a world wide network of computers, or even a kind of
cultural imperialism, revisited in its new avatar, or "McDonaldisation
(fads, tastes and cults that grow in demographic proportions
across diverse societies in different nations)."