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Thearticle “Conclusion:Imagining a Postdevelopment Era”argues that the government continues to place emphasis on democracyand development while the masses respond by emphasizing on culturalautonomy. One of the most important political tasks of the public isto advance in the formulation as well as the implementation ofalternative economic and social proposals. According to the article,statistics are critical in telling stories. In the politics ofrepresentation, statistics help in indicating the development agenda.Besides, the article posits that the Third World should not be seenas a reservoir of traditions since there are processes such aspolarization, fragmentation, and uprootedness which can be associatedwith modernity. Imagining the end of development like a regime ofrepresentation raises political, social, and theoretical questions.The process of unmaking development is slow and painful, and thereexists no easy solution or prescriptions to the practice. Accordingto the article, the crisis in the systems of representation of theThird World calls for fresh theories and research strategies.
Thearticle “TheAnti-Politics Machine: Development and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho”was written by James Ferguson and Larry Lohmann. The primary focus ofthe article is on the development agenda in Lesotho and the structureof authority. According to the authors, Lesotho emerges as atraditional subsistence peasant country (Ferguson & Lohmann,1994). The country is not in a position to produce sufficient foodfor its population due to rapid population growth. The articleindicates that development is seen as something that only comesthrough the action of the government (Ferguson & Lohmann, 1994).The authors believe that political participation is an importantconsideration to the citizens if the development agenda is to berealized by society.
Ferguson,J. & Lohmann, L. (1994). The Anti-Politics Machine: “Development”and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho. TheEcologist,Vol. 24 (5).
Chapter6: Conclusion Imagining a Postdevelopment Era.