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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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"This book offers an excellent overview and critical assessment of the meaning and theories of development. The theories--including mainstream economic and sociological theories, Marxist and neomarxist, poststructuralist, and feminist theories of development--are well explained, referenced, and carefully examined. In the process, Peet and Hartwick make clear that 'development' is far more than a technical challenge; it requires a clear understanding of social dynamics (including those shaped by spatially linked accumulation processes) as well as socially defined and motivated criteria for change. In fact, one of the strengths of this book is the authors' willingness to present and use their own criteria for development as a reference point for examining other theories and visions. It will be a very useful addition to any class on economic development." --Martin Hart-Landsberg, Professor of Economics, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon

"Theories of Development is a thoughtful book in both senses--penetrating and packed with ideas. True to its title, it takes the reader through economic, sociological, marxist, post-ist, feminist, and finally, critical realist theories. It is thorough and well referenced. Although it gives intellectual space for theories from a wide range of persuasions, it is a partisan book--and all the better for that. A good read for everyone, and an eminently recommendable text for undergraduate and graduate-level courses on development and social change." --Piers Blaikie, PhD, Professor of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, UK

"Development, one of the founding beliefs of the modern world, is in desperate need of reinvention. What better way to do this than through a sweeping and constructive review of conventional and critical theories alike. Shifting their analytical gaze from modernization theory to Marxism, from critiques of post-Enlightment thought to poststructuralism, postcolonialism, and postdevelopmentalism, Peet and Hartwick elegantly lay the basis for 'another development.' Their convincing and eloquent approach reweaves the longstanding traditions of critical modernity and socialism and renews the call for the betterment of the human condition. This book's challenge must be taken seriously by all those interested in the fate of what until now has been known as the third world. Offering an excellent survey of development theories and of social theory more generally, it is a valuable text for undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in development studies, economics, anthropology, geography, women's studies, and sociology." --Arturo Escobar, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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
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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
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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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