Theories and Practices of Development / Edition 1by Katie Willis
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 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.
Table of Contents
|List of plates||vi|
|List of figures||vii|
|List of tables||viii|
|List of boxes||x|
|List of acronyms||xiv|
|1||Introduction: what do we mean by development?||1|
|2||Classical and neo-liberal development theories||32|
|3||Structuralism, neo-Marxism and socialism||62|
|5||Social and cultural dimensions of development||116|
|6||Environment and development theory||146|
|7||Globalization and development: problems and solutions?||173|
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