Beyond Colonialism, Development and Globalization

Social Movements and Critical Perspectives

Edited by Dominique Caouette and Dip Kapoor


Examines the ways in which social movements in the Global South are rejecting the prevailing narratives of globalization and providing new ways of imagining social change.

Development studies is in a state of flux. A new generation of scholars has come to reject what was once regarded as accepted wisdom, and increasingly regard development and globalization as part of a continuum with colonialism, premised on the same reductionist assumption that progress and growth are objective facts that can be fostered, measured, assessed and controlled. Drawing on a variety of theoretical perspectives and approaches, this book explores the ways in which social movements in the Global South are rejecting Western-centric notions of development and modernization, as well as creating their own alternatives.

By assessing development theories from the perspective of subaltern groups and movements, the contributors posit a new notion of development ‘from below’, one in which these movements provide new ways of imagining social transformation, and a way out of the ‘developmental dead end’ that has so far characterized post-development approaches. Beyond Colonialism, Development and Globalization therefore represents a radical break with the prevailing narrative of modernization, and points to a bold new direction for development studies.

Author Bio

Dominique Caouette is an associate professor with the Department of Political Science and director of the East Asian Studies Centre at Université de Montréal, Canada. Before joining the university, he worked for five years with Inter Pares, a global social justice organization, where he was part of the Asia Team.

Dip Kapoor is a professor of international education at the University of Alberta, Canada, and research associate at the Centre for Research and Development Solidarity (CRDS), an Adivasi-Dalit rural organization in India. His previous books include NGOization: Complicity, Contradictions and Prospects (Zed Books 2013).

Table of Contents

  • 1. Beyond Colonialism, Development and Globalization: Social Movements and Critical Perspectives - Dominique Caouette and Dip Kapoor
  • Part I: Indigenous and Peasant Movement Perspectives
    • 2. Subaltern Social Movement Post-Mortems of Development in India: Rural Dispossession, Trans-local Activism and Subaltern Re-visitations - Dip Kapoor
    • 3. Democratic Hopes, Neoliberal Transnational Government(re)ality: Grounded Social Movements and the Defence of Communal Natural Resources in Ghana - Jonathan Langdon
    • 4. Indigenous Movement Politics in Bolivia: Forging New Citizens of a Plurinational and Decolonized State - Stéphanie Rousseau
  • Part II: Acting across Borders
    • 5. What are Peasants Saying about Development? La Vía Campesina and Food Sovereignty - Annette Aurélie Desmarais
    • 6. Debunking the Productivist Myth: Food Sovereignty Movements - Eric G. Chaurette and Beatriz Oliver
    • 7. Neoliberal Immigration and Temporary Foreign Worker Programs in a Time of Economic Crisis: Local/Global Struggles - Aziz Choudry
    • 8. Working for a Day Off: Advocating for the Rights of Migrant Women in Southeast Asia - Michele Ford and Lenore Lyons
    • 9. The Alter-globalization Movement: A New Humanism? The Case of the World Social Forum - Kléber Ghimire
  • Part III: Reflections on Critical Knowledge, Culture and Pedagogy
    • 10. Liberating Development from the Rule of an Episteme - Dia Da Costa
    • 11. Neoliberal Globalization as the Settler Colonialism the Remix: Centring Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence - Sandy Grande and Naadli (Todd Ormiston)
    • 12. Globalization, Culture and Development: Perspectives on Africa - Ali A. Abdi
    • 13. Learning, Knowledge and Action in Social Movements - Brian K. Murphy
  • 14. Conclusion - Dominique Caouette


'This is an important book that tackles multiple issues around the meaning and nature of development.'
Gender and Development

'A moving and inspiring book which demands to be read.’
Jim Crowther, University of Edinburgh

‘Offers a significant new perspective on the generation of alternative knowledges in local encounters of global processes.’
Philip McMichael, Cornell University

‘Centres Indigenous critiques to inject new urgency into debates over development and globalization, as resurgent social movements question modernity itself.’
Clare Land, author of Decolonizing Solidarity

‘This excellent volume discusses and debunks dominant discourses of "development" from a southern, subaltern and decolonising perspective. This is a much needed book – emancipatory in conception, grassroots-oriented, inspiring and revealing!'
Peter Mayo, author of Politics of Indignation


Publication Date: 15 December 2015
304 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781783605842
Hardback: 9781783605859
eBook ePub: 9781783605873
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