The Global Social Change Reader: Development in an Unequal World explores development, globalization, and inequality within and between countries. This introductory anthology gives readers an overview of social change since World War II – change driven by public and private sector agents at the international, national, and local levels.
The book is organized into five main sections. These cover developmental indicators, theories and critiques, the colonial and decolonization periods, institutions and sectors of development, views on prospects and progress, and specialized topics such as the environment, gender, health, and population.
Readers will learn about theory, policy, and practices as viewed through diverse perspectives from academics and practitioners in the field. The Global Social Change Reader is well-suited to introductory courses in sociology, political science, and international relations.
Lisa Meyer holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Emory University. Dr. Meyer is an associate professor of sociology and co-director of the Edgar Fellows Honor Program at the State University of New York, Geneseo where her research and teaching interests include globalization, gender and international development, and political economy.
Joanna Kirk, who earned law degrees at Oxford University and the College of Europe in Belgium, is a lecturer, pre-law advisor, and legal studies coordinator at the State University of New York, Geneseo. She has worked with the United States Agency for International Development in law, development, and education.