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An Everyday Geography of the Global South

1st Edition

By Jonathan Rigg


234 pages | 47 B/W Illus.

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Taking a broad perspective of livelihoods, this book draws on more than ninety case studies from thirty-six countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America to examine how people are engaging and living with modernity. This extends from changes in the ways that households operate, to how and why people take on new work and acquire new skills, how migration and mobility have become increasingly common features of existence, and how aspirations and expectations are being reworked under the influence of modernization.

To date, this is the only book which takes such an approach to building an understanding of the global South. By using the experience of the non-Western world to illuminate and inform mainstream debates in geography, and in beginning from the lived experiences of ‘ordinary’ people, this book provides an alternative insight into a range of geographical debates. The clarity of argument and its use of detailed case studies makes this book an invaluable resource for students.


" Jonathan Rigg draws from over 90 case studies in 36 countries to challenge standard topdown approaches to understanding the dynamics of poverty, development, and globalization in the Global South. He approaches his subject with a refreshing humility toward the characters—rickshaw wallas, migrant shrimp-farmers, single-mother traders, subsistence farmers—who people this investigation." -- JOURNAL OF REGIONAL SCIENCE, VOL. 50, NO. 2, 2010

Table of Contents

1. What's With the Everyday?: The Everyday, Globalization and the Global South 2. Structures and Agencies: Lives, Living and Livelihoods 3. Life Styles and Life Courses: The Structures and Rhythms of Everyday Life 4. Making a Living in the Global South: Livelihood Transitions 5. Living with Modernity 6. Living on the Move 7. Governing the Everyday 8. Alternatives: The Everyday and Resistance 9. The Structures of the Everyday

About the Author

Jonathan Rigg is Professor of Geography at Durham University. His research interests include development in the South-East Asian region, rural and agrarian change, and political ecology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography