A World of Difference: Society, Nature, Development

A World of Difference: Society, Nature, Development

Hardcover(First Edition)


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572300712
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 03/22/1998
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 602
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Philip W. Porter, PhD, is Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota. His research, concentrated mainly in east Africa, has combined themes in cultural ecology, physical geography, political economy, and social theory.

Eric S. Sheppard, PhD, is Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include economic and social theory, the geographical underpinnings of political and economic processes, and development dynamics from the urban to the global scale.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
I. The World as Social Differentiation
2. The Inevitability of Differences
3. Culture, Kinship, and Gender
4. Institutional/Structural Inequalities
5. Views from the Core: Propagating Development
6. Views from the Periphery: Encountering Development
II. The World as Differentiated Resource
7. Population Growth and the Demographic Transition
8. The Atmospheric Energy Cycle and the Hydrologic Cycle
9. The Carbon Cycle
10. Soils, Vegetation, Pests, Water, and Agriculture
11. The Earth's Crust as a Resource
12. Disease and Health
13. The Management of Tropical and Subtropical Ecosystems: The Pokot of West Central Kenya—An Indigenous Knowledge System
III. The World as Differentiated System
14. The Historical Geography of Colonialism and the Slave Trade
15. Colonialism as Spatial and Labor Control System
16. The End of Colonialism and the Promise of Free Trade
17. Trading Primary Commodities
18. Peripheral Industrialization: Paths and Strategies
19. Urbanization, Migration, and Spatial Polarization within the Periphery
20. Transnational Production
21. Foreign Branch Plants and Economic Growth
22. Money and Global Financial Markets
23. Borrowing Money: Aid, Debt, and Structural Adjustment
24. Tourism and Development
25. Toward a Different World


Students and scholars of development, world regional geography, and international political economy. Serves as a core text in undergraduate and graduate-level courses.

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