This book brings together a collection of essays that discuss alternative development and its relevance for local/global processes of marginalization and change in the Global South. Alternative development questions who the producers of development knowledges and practices are, and aims at decentring development and geographical knowledge from the Anglo-American centre and the Global North. It involves resistance to dominant political-economic processes in order to further the possibilities for non-exploitative and just forms of development. By discussing how to unravel marginalization and voice change through alternative methods, actors and concepts, the book provides useful guidance on understanding the relationship between theory and practice. The main strength of the book is that it calls for a central role for alternative development in the current development discourse, most notably related to justice, rights, globalization, forced migration, conflict and climate change. The book provides new ways of engaging with alternative development thinking and making development alternatives relevant.
Cathrine Brun and Michael Jones are both at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway and Piers Blaikie is Professor Emeritus of the University of East Anglia, UK.
’A refreshing exploration of alternative approaches to development, including bottom-up initiatives and a consideration of the intersections of marginalization, globalization and participation. Anyone interested in bridging the gap between development policy and practice will not be disappointed with this timely and thought-provoking collection.’ Samantha Punch, University of Stirling, UK