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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.

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"In this accessible, lucid, and beautifully organised book, Katie Willis combines up-to-date conceptual summaries with nicely worked empirical examples to illuminate contemporary development policy and practice. This book is both a major scholarly achievement and magnificent guide for those new to the subject. Bravo." Dr. Craig Jeffrey, University of Oxford, UK.

"Students will appreciate the clear way complex ideas are discussed in this wide-ranging introduction to development. This is a remarkably comprehensive book that will inform and stimulate readers interested in what 'development' means. With up to date examples drawn from around the world, this book will help readers appreciate the diversity of ways in which development theories of different types get put into practice." Professor Sue Roberts, University of Kentucky, USA.

'Theories and Practices of Development is a clear and concise introductory text which provides an excellent and accessible 'way in' for undergraduate students to critically engage with a range of contemporary development debates.'

'Willis provides an up-to-date and thoroughly readable overview of approaches to development past and present.

Katie Willis weaves together diverse and engaging case study examples from around the world with a balanced synthesis of the complex topic that is development.' - The Geographical Journal 2006

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415300537
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/19/2005
  • Series: Routledge Perspectives on Development Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Katie Willis is Reader in Development Geography and Director of the Centre for Developing Areas Research at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : what do we mean by development? 1
2 Classical and neo-liberal development theories 32
3 Structuralism, neo-Marxism and socialism 62
4 Grassroots development 93
5 Social and cultural dimensions of development 116
6 Environment and development theory 146
7 Globalization and development : problems and solutions? 173
8 Conclusions 200
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