Development, Poverty of Culture, and Social Policy by B. MohanDevelopment, Poverty of Culture, and Social Policy by B. Mohan

Development, Poverty of Culture, and Social Policy

byB. MohanForeword byDavid G. Gil

Hardcover | January 26, 2011

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The “cycle of poverty,” a myth manufactured and sustained by the Parsonian pundits of social theory and welfare, has blamed the victims of oppression with impunity. Brij Mohan deconstructs Oscar Lewis’ Culture of Poverty theory and its applications in the fields of social welfare, policy, and development. Poverty, a global scourge, is defined as a political rather than an economic issue. The implications of this formulation paradigmatically shift the focus of discourse in the social sciences. Development, Poverty of Culture, and Social Policy offers an interdisciplinary analysis of complex issues, constructs, and interventions that deal with human-social problems with global implications. “Poverty of Culture” posits social development theory and practice in a critically important context challenging the scientific orthodoxy of our times.

Brij Mohan is Dean Emeritus of the School of Social Work at Louisiana State University, where he formerly taught as a professor. LSU Foundation has launched a drive to endow a Professorship/Chair in his honor as a tribute to his 34 years of distinguished service. His professional-academic trajectory spans over four decades, from 1960 ...
Title:Development, Poverty of Culture, and Social PolicyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:January 26, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230110258

ISBN - 13:9780230110250


Table of Contents

Part One: Culture of Development * Theorizing Poverty of Culture: Requiem for Change * Development Delusion * Entropy of Developmentalism * Politics of Development * Part Two: The Mind of Darkness * End of the Third World * Rise of the Rest * Banality of Global Evil * The Caste War: Archeology of a Perpetual Conflict * Part Three: Transformative Policy * The Ordeal of Reason * Inanity of Social Intervention * Rethinking of International Social Work * Social Practice in a Troubled World * New Social Development: A Paradigm * Human Rights Today * Idioms of Social Change * Epilogue: Culture as a Defensive Spider

Editorial Reviews

“This complex book is no less than an indictment of humanity’s progress as we enter the second decade of the twenty-first century. . . . I would like to recommend this book to those students, academics, and practitioners of social development. It is stimulating, scholarly, and discomforting.”—R. Kowalski, Research on Social Work Practice  “The practice of international development has long been waiting for a clear-eyed critique of its missteps and failures. Wait no more. Mohan has provided an antidote to the embedded romanticism of patronizing efforts to save the poor from themselves. Remarkably, this book is argued with a credible, erudite humanism and a pervasive decency.”--William M. Epstein, Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas “Long overdue is a book that squarely skewers the international development paradigm that has dominated the last three decades of development practice.   Professor Mohan provides a powerful critique of the status quo and a cautious proposal for a more humane alternative.”--Mark Lusk, Professor & Chair, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Health Sciences, The University of Texas at El Paso “For over four decades, Professor Brij Mohan has focused his professional life on the promotion of social justice and the eradication of poverty.  In this book, his latest foray into the critical analysis of existing models of social development, Dr. Mohan deconstructs widely accepted shibboleths such as the culture of poverty, nation-building as a poverty-eradication strategy, and hegemonic, coercive political processes. Scholars and students interested in genuine global development and social planning will find this volume a welcome counterpoint to commonly accepted yet apparently failed perspectives."--Bruce Thyer, Professor and Former Dean, Florida State University  “At last!  A detailed and informed critique of Oscar Lewis’ concept of The Culture of Poverty.  From Schools of Social Work and Public Administration to the highest levels of policy-making, Lewis’ work has guided our thinking about the notion of poverty.  By reframing this concept as a political issue not an economic one, Mohan challenges us to re-think our guiding principles on this fundamental problem.”--Kenneth I. Millar, Ph.D, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, California State University, Long Beach “As the noted David Gil has said, after ‘several decades of professional and personal relationship with Professor Brij Mohan, I have come to consider him an innovative educator and editor, a leading scholar, thinker, and a prolific author on the human condition, human development, and social welfare.’  Prof. Mohan, a noted scholar and author of many works, the Habermas of Social Work, has again applied his vast erudition, this time to the subject of the devastating poverty that painfully grips so very much of the world, in his book, Development, Poverty of Culture, and Social Policy.”--Thomas D. Watts, Professor, University of Texas at Arlington  “Drawing upon many sources, including his own immense body of scholarship, Dr. Mohan contends that poverty is a political issue more than an economic issue.  After deconstructing the widely-accepted Culture of Poverty theory, he goes on to propound a more reasonable and theoretically sound Poverty of Culture which is a philosophically interdisciplinary, global and holistic framework. One day, I suspect, some economist will earn a Nobel prize on one of the constructs offered by Brij Mohan.”--Frank Raymond III, Distinguished Dean Emeritus, University of South Carolina