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The Companion to Development Studies, Third Edition

Edited by Vandana Desai, Rob Potter

© 2014 – Routledge

626 pages | 49 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The Companion to Development Studies contains over a hundred chapters written by leading international experts within the field to provide a concise and authoritative overview of the key theoretical and practical issues dominating contemporary development studies. Covering a wide range of disciplines the book is divided into ten sections, each prefaced by a section introduction written by the editors. The sections cover: the nature of development, theories and strategies of development, globalization and development, rural development, urbanization and development, environment and development, gender, health and education, the political economy of violence and insecurity, and governance and development.

This third edition has been extensively updated and contains 45 new contributions from leading authorities, dealing with pressing contemporary issues such as race and development, ethics and development, BRICs and development, global financial crisis, the knowledge based economy and digital divide, food security, GM crops, comparative urbanism, cities and crime, energy, water hydropolitics, climate change, disability, fragile states, global war on terror, ethnic conflict, legal rights to development, ecosystems services for development, just to name a few. Existing chapters have been thoroughly revised to include cutting-edge developments, and to present updated further reading and websites.

The Companion to Development Studies presents concise overviews providing a gateway to further reading and a flexible resource for teaching and learning. It has established a role as essential reading for all students of development studies, as well as those in cognate areas of geography, international relations, politics, sociology, anthropology and economics.

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Nature of Development and Development Studies 1.1 Development in a Global-Historical Context 1.2 What’s in a Name? From Third World to Poor Countries 1.3 The Origins and Nature of Development Studies 1.4 The Impasse in Development Studies 1.5 Development and Economic Growth 1.6 Development and Social Welfare - Human Rights 1.7 Development as Freedom 1.8 Race and Development 1.9 Culture and Development 1.10 Ethics and Development 1.11 New Institutional Economics and Development 1.12 Measuring Development: from GDP to HDI 1.13 Poverty and Development: Definitions and Measures 1.14 The Millennium Development Goals 1.15 BRICs and Development Part 2. Theories and Strategies of Development 2.1. Theories, Strategies and Ideologies of Development 2.2. Smith, Ricardo and the World Marketplace 1776-2011 2.3. The Enlightenment and the Era of Modernity 2.4. Dualistic and Unilinear Perspectives on Development 2.5. Neoliberalism: Globalization’s Neoconservative Enforcer of Austerity 2.6. Dependency Theories 2.7. New World Dependency Theory 2.8. World Systems Theory 2.9 Indigenous Knowledge and Development 2.10. Participatory Development 2.11 Post-Colonialism and Development 2.12 Postmodernism and Development 2.13 Post-development 2.14 Social Capital and Development Part 3. Globalisation, Employment and Development 3.1 Globalisation: an Overview 3.2 The ‘new’ International Division of Labour 3.3 Global Shift: Industrialization and Development 3.4 Globalisation and Localisation 3.5 Trade and Industrial Policy in Developing Countries 3.6 The Knowledge-based Economy and the Digital Divisions of Labour 3.7 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Development 3.8 The Informal Economy in Cities of the South 3.9 Child Labour 3.10 Pro-poor Globalisation 3.11 Migration and Transnationalism 3.12 Diaspora and Development Part 4 Rural Development 4.1 Rural Poverty 4.2 Rural Livelihoods 4.3 Food Security 4.4 Famines 4.5 Genetically Modified Crops and Development 4.6 Rural Co-operatives 4.7 Land Reform 4.8 Gender, Agriculture and Land Rights 4.9 The Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture Part 5. Urbanisation and Development 5.1 Urbanization in Low- and Middle-Income Nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America 5.2 Urban Bias 5.3 Global Cities and the Production of Uneven Development 5.4 Studies in Comparative Urbanism 5.5 Prosperity or Poverty? Wealth, Inequality and Deprivation in Urban Areas 5.6 Housing the Urban Poor 5.7 Urbanisation and Environment in Low and Middle-income Countries 5.8 Transport and Urban Development 5.9 Cities, Crime and Development Part 6. Environment and Development 6.1 Sustainable Development 6.2 International Regulation and the Environment 6.3 Climate Change and Development: An Overview 6.4 Changing Climate and African Development 6.5 Vulnerability & Disasters 6.6 Ecosystems Services for Development 6.7 Natural Resource Management: A Critical Appraisal 6.8 Water and Hydropolitics 6.9 Energy and Development 6.10 Tourism and Environment 6.11 Transport and Sustainability: Developmental Pathways Part 7.Gender and Development 7.1 Demographic Changes and Gender 7.2 Women and the State 7.3 Gender, Families and Households 7.4 Feminism and Feminist Issues in the South 7.5 Rethinking Gender and Empowerment 7.6 Gender and Globalisation 7.7 Migrant Women in the New Economy: Understanding the Gender-Migration-Care Nexus 7.8 Women and Political Representation Shirin M. Rai 7.9 Sexualities and Development 7.10 Hegemonic Masculinities 7.11 Indigenous Fertility Control Part 8. Health and Education 8.1 Nutritional Problems, Policies and Intervention Strategies in Developing Economies 8.2 Motherhood and Child Health 8.3 The Development Impact of HIV/AIDS 8.4 Ageing and Poverty 8.5 Health and Inequality 8.6 Disability 8.7 Social Protection in Development Context 8.8 Female Participation in Education 8.9 The Challenge of Skill Formation and Training 8.10 Development Education, Global Citizenship and International Volunteering Part 9. Political Economy of Violence and Insecurity 9.1 Gender and Age-Based Violence 9.2 Fragile States 9.3 Refugees 9.4 Humanitarian Aid 9.5 Rights and Social Justice 9.6 Global War on Terror, Development and Civil Society 9.7 Peace-building Partnerships and Human Security 9.8 Nationalism 9.9 Ethnic Conflict and the State 9.10 Religions and Development Part 10. Governance and Development 10.1 Foreign Aid in a Changing World 10.2 The Rising Powers as Development Donors and Partners 10.3 Aid Conditionality 10.4 Aid Effectiveness 10.5 Global Governance Issues and Current Crisis 10.6 Change Agents: A History of Hope in NGOs, Civil Society, and the 99% 10.7 Corruption and Development 10.8 Role of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) 10.9 Non-Governmental Public action Networks and Global Policy Processes 10.10 Multilateral Institutions and the Financing of Development 10.11 Challenges to the World Trade Organisation 10.12 Is there a Legal Right to Development?

About the Editors

Vandana Desai is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway University of London.

Robert B. Potter is Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading.

Subject Categories

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