Theories and Practices of Development / Edition 1

Theories and Practices of Development / Edition 1

by Katie Willis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415300533

ISBN-13: 9780415300537

Pub. Date: 05/19/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Throughout the twentieth century, Western governments sought to achieve 'development' not only in their own countries, but also in other regions of the world, particularly in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. This focus on 'development' has continued into the twenty-first century, for example through the Millennium Development Goals. While development is

Overview

Throughout the twentieth century, Western governments sought to achieve 'development' not only in their own countries, but also in other regions of the world, particularly in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. This focus on 'development' has continued into the twenty-first century, for example through the Millennium Development Goals. While development is often viewed as something very positive, it is also very important to consider the possible detrimental effects of development on the natural environment, different social groups and on the cohesion and stability of societies.

Theories and Practices of Development investigates, and places in a historical context, the development theories behind contemporary themes, such as globalization and transnationalism. The main definitions of 'development' and 'development theory' are outlined with a description and explanation of how approaches to development have changed over time. The differing explanations of inequalities in development, both spatially and socially, and the reasoning behind different development policies are also considered. By drawing on pre-twentieth-century European theories about development and examining current policies in Europe and the USA, the book not only stresses commonalities in development theorizing over time and space, but also the importance of context in theory construction.

The book provides an ideal introduction to development theories and practices for students in geography, development studies, area studies, anthropology and sociology. It contains student-friendly features, including boxed case studies with examples and definitions of concepts and terms. It also contains tables, figures and plates. By using empirical material, the book aims to show how development theories have been put into practice in the policy field, and also to aid students' understanding of complex theoretical ideas. Each chapter has a summary section, suggestions for follow-up reading, discussion questions and information about useful websites.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415300537
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/19/2005
Series:
Routledge Perspectives on Development Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

List of platesvi
List of figuresvii
List of tablesviii
List of boxesx
Acknowledgementsxii
List of acronymsxiv
1Introduction: what do we mean by development?1
2Classical and neo-liberal development theories32
3Structuralism, neo-Marxism and socialism62
4Grassroots development93
5Social and cultural dimensions of development116
6Environment and development theory146
7Globalization and development: problems and solutions?173
8Conclusions200
Bibliography210
Index227

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