Rural Development: Putting The Last First by Robert Chambers, Longman (1983)
Cover of Rural Development
"The extremes of rural poverty in the Thrid World are an outrage." Starting with this uncompromising statement, the author challenges preconceptions dominating rural development. The central theme of the book is that rural poverty is often unseen or misperceived by outsiders, those who are not themselves rural and poor. Dr. Chambers contends that researchers, scientists, administrators and fieldworkers rarely appreciate the richness and validity of rural people's knowledge or the hidden nature of rural poverty. He argues for a new professionalism, with fundamental reversals in outsider's learning, values and behaviour and proposes more realistic action for tackling rural poverty.