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Routledge Critical Development Studies

About the Series

The global crisis, coming at the end of three decades of uneven capitalist development and neoliberal globalization that have devastated the economies and societies of people across the world, especially in the developing societies of the global south, cries out for a more critical, proactive approach to the study of international development. The challenge of creating and disseminating such an approach, to provide the study of international development with a critical edge, is the project of a global network of activist development scholars concerned and engaged in using their research and writings to help effect transformative social change that might lead to a better world.

This series will provide a forum and outlet for the publication of books in the broad interdisciplinary field of critical development studies—to generate new knowledge that can be used to promote transformative change and alternative development.

The editors of the series welcome the submission of original manuscripts that focus on issues of concern to the growing worldwide community of activist scholars in this field.

To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd ([email protected]).

11 Series Titles

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The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies

The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies

2nd Edition

Edited By Henry Veltmeyer, Paul Bowles
September 30, 2021

The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies provides an up-to-date and authoritative introduction to the field, challenging mainstream development discourse and the assumptions that underlie it. Critical development studies lays bare the economic, political, social, and environmental ...

Agrarian Extractivism in Latin America

Agrarian Extractivism in Latin America

1st Edition

Edited By Ben M. McKay, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Arturo Ezquerro-Cañete
May 31, 2021

Amid the growing calls for a turn towards sustainable agriculture, this book puts forth and discusses the concept of agrarian extractivism to help us identify and expose the predatory extractivist features of dominant agricultural development models. The concept goes beyond the more apparent ...

Revolutions in Learning and Education from India Pathways towards the Pluriverse

Revolutions in Learning and Education from India: Pathways towards the Pluriverse

1st Edition

By Christoph Neusiedl
February 16, 2021

This book offers an important critique of the ways in which mainstream education contributes to perpetuate an inherently unjust and exploitative Development model. Instead, the book proposes a new anarchistic, postdevelopmental framework that goes beyond Development and schooling to ask what really...

Deconstructing Human Development From the Washington Consensus to the 2030 Agenda

Deconstructing Human Development: From the Washington Consensus to the 2030 Agenda

1st Edition

By Juan Telleria
December 10, 2020

This book provides a critical deconstruction of the human development framework promoted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1990. Taking the Human Development Reports of the UNDP as its starting point for reflection, this book investigates the construction of this framework as...

Buen Vivir and the Challenges to Capitalism in Latin America

Buen Vivir and the Challenges to Capitalism in Latin America

1st Edition

Edited By Henry Veltmeyer, Edgar Zayago Lau
October 02, 2020

This book explores the battleground between neoliberal capitalist development processes in Latin America and the challenges to these systems that can be found through innovative community-driven buen vivir/vivir bien initiatives. In the current climate of worldwide capitalist development, ...

Reframing Latin American Development

Reframing Latin American Development

1st Edition

Edited By Ronaldo Munck, Raul Delgado Wise
October 17, 2019

Since the year 2000 Latin America has been at the forefront of a series of diverse experiments with alternative forms, pathways and models of economic development and at the cutting edge of the international theoretical and political debates that surround these experiments. Reframing Latin American...

Postdevelopment in Practice Alternatives, Economies, Ontologies

Postdevelopment in Practice: Alternatives, Economies, Ontologies

1st Edition

Edited By Elise Klein, Carlos Eduardo Morreo
April 23, 2019

Postdevelopment in Practice critically engages with recent trends in postdevelopment and critical development studies that have destabilised the concept of development, challenging its assumptions and exposing areas where it has failed in its objectives, whilst also pushing beyond theory to uncover...

The Rise and Fall of Global Microcredit Development, debt and disillusion

The Rise and Fall of Global Microcredit: Development, debt and disillusion

1st Edition

Edited By Milford Bateman, Stephanie Blankenburg, Richard Kozul-Wright
August 22, 2018

In the mid-1980s the international development community helped launch what was to quickly become one of the most popular poverty reduction and local economic development policies of all time. Microcredit, the system of disbursing tiny micro-loans to the poor to help them to establish their own ...

Neoextractivism and Capitalist Development

Neoextractivism and Capitalist Development

1st Edition

By Dennis C. Canterbury
May 10, 2018

The large-scale extraction of natural resources for sale in capitalist markets is not a new phenomenon, but in recent years global demand for resources has increased, leading to greater attention to the role of resource extraction in the development of the exporting countries. The term ...

The Class Struggle in Latin America Making History Today

The Class Struggle in Latin America: Making History Today

1st Edition

By James Petras, Henry Veltmeyer
July 11, 2017

The Class Struggle in Latin America: Making History Today analyses the political and economic dynamics of development in Latin America through the lens of class struggle. Focusing in particular on Peru, Paraguay, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela, the book identifies how the shifts ...

Moving Beyond Capitalism

Moving Beyond Capitalism

1st Edition

Edited By Cliff DuRand
September 19, 2016

The book speaks to the widespread quest for concrete alternative ways forward 'beyond capitalism' in the face of the prevailing corporatocracy and a capitalist system in crisis. It examines a number of institutions and practices now being built in the nooks and crannies of present societies and ...

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