Southern Exposure: International Development and the Global South in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

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* An issues-based approach to global change from a Southern perspective
* A popular introductory text on contemporary development issues
* A great companion to John Isbister’s Promises Not Kept
* Replete with illustrative case studies

In this era of rapid globalization, increasing poverty and inequality are creating fertile fields for anger, despair, and violence. This introductory text addresses key political and economic challenges facing Southern countries as they engage with the global system. Through the eyes of ordinary people in the Global South, such as small farmers in Kenya and garment workers in Bangladesh, Thomas-Slayter identifies critical issues that will shape twenty-first century development.

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"I've been teaching 'Third World Politics' for about 10 years and have yet to find the 'perfect' textbook. Southern Exposure comes closest to meeting my expectations in this regard. I look forward to using the book and hope that my students will enjoy it as much as I did."

"As one who now teaches only graduate seminars on international rural development, I wish I had read something like this years ago."

"General readers, graduate, and undergraduate students will welcome this book, which can be used as an adopted text. The case studies will provide readers with a fascinating overview of the world, and readers will applaud the author's attention to the resilience of the poor."

"Thomas Slayter's remarkable compendium is based on some of her firsthand turn-of-the-20th-century resarch ventures into the largely underdeveloped southern half of the globe. . .Highly recommended [for] all levels. A globalization survival warning book for all college and university libraries."

"Seeks to explore the problems of globalization from the perspective of ordinary non-elite people of the South."

"Introductory text on development offers a broad view."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565491748
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 6.02 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara P. Thomas-Slayter is Research Professor at the International Development, Community, and Environment department (IDCE), Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

1) Understanding the "Global South": Poverty, Wealth, and Change; POLITICAL CHANGE: TRAPS, ILLUSIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES; 2) Exploring North-South Relationships: From the East India Company to East Timor; 3) Politics and the State: Concepts, Political Realities, and Challenges; 4) Conflict, Human Rights, and the Politics of Refugees; ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIPS, TRENDS, CRISES, AND CHALLENGES; 5) The Shape of the Global Economy; 6) Economic Realities and Local Perspectives: Rural Livelihoods, Debt and Drugs, and Globalizing Industries; CRITICAL ISSUES: POPULATION DYNAMICS, FOOD SECURITY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION; 7) The Dynamics of Population, Development, and Environment; 8) Food Security, Rural Change, and Global Politics; DESIGNING OUR FUTURE: LOCAL ACTION AND GLOBAL CHANGE; 9) New Voices and New Agendas

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