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Overview

The stakes involved in development debates are enormous. While development can use the productive resources of society to improve the living conditions of the world's most vulnerable people, it can also form the basis of intense manipulative power on behalf of elites. This important new text surveys the leading theories and models of economic and social development. Chapters examine sociological,economic, neo-Marxist, poststructuralist, feminist, and radical democratic approaches, as well as an array of development models including modernization, dependency, and neoliberalism. Reaching conclusions at odds with much of the recent literature, this volume is critical of neoliberal, market-driven economic growth, arguing instead that an alternative,democratic form of development remains a viable possibility.
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Surveys the leading theories and models of economic and social development. Chapters cover economic theories of growth and development, sociological theories of modernization, Marxist and neo- Marxist theories, postcolonialism and postdevelopmentalism, feminist theories of development, and radical democracy. Critical of neoliberal, market-driven economic growth, the authors argue that an alternative, democratic form of development remains a viable possibility. Peet is a professor of geography at Clark University. Hartwick is involved in research into the politics of consumption. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572304895
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/9/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Peet is a professor in the Graduate School of Geography, Clark University. He was editor of Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography from 1969-1985, and coeditor of Economic Geography from 1992-1998.
Elaine R. Hartwick received her doctorate from the Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1995. She has taught at the University of Southern Maine, Central Connecticut State College, Clark University, and Keene State College.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Economic Theories of Growth and Development
Chapter 3. Sociological Theories of Modernization
Chapter 4. Marxist and Neo-Marxist Theories
Chapter 5. Poststructuralism, Postcolonialism, and Postdevelopmentalism
Chapter 6. Feminist Theories of Development
Chapter 7. Critical Modernism, Radical Democracy, Development References
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2004

    Ampliamente recomendable para cursos de ciencias sociales

    El libro ofrece una revisión critica exaustiva de las teorías sociales de la modernidad capitalista. A partir de discutir en la introducción el significado del desarrollo(el fundamento básico de la sociedad moderna), y sus resultados, el contenido del libro articula una narrativa que expone en dos capítulos las teorías modernistas apologéticas (economía y sociología), en el tercero la crítica marxista, que a su juicio comparte la promesa de progreso del proyecto de la ilustración. Luego en los dos siguientes reseña de manera detallada y original las teorías críticas posestruturalistas y posmodernistas, así como las teorías feministas sobre el desarrollo. En cada capítulo hace una crítica suscinta de los bloques de teorías considerados. Al final los autores hacen una propuesta reivindicando la necesidad de asumir el desarrollo desde una actitud modernista crítica, y no deshecharlo como opción de búsqueda de bienestar colectivo, tal como lo propondrían las posiciones posmodernistas. Ante la caida del socialismo los autores pretenden articular una nueva vertiente de pensamiento crítico sobre la base una reformulación democrática del marxismo. Esta última discusión merece mayor agumentación por parte de los autores. Para cursos sobre desarrollo económico, globalización o teoría social resulta refrescante y revelador, y excelente medio para liberar al alumno tanto de clichés y versiones light sobre el capitalismo reciente, como de sus críticas aniquilantes. Lo he probado en mis cursos de licenciatura y posgrado en México con estupendos resultados.

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