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Rethinking Development

Rethinking Development offers accessible and thought-provoking overviews of contemporary topics in international development and aid. Providing original empirical and analytical insights, the books in this series push thinking in new directions by challenging current conceptualizations and developing new ones.  

This is a dynamic and inspiring series for all those engaged with today’s debates surrounding development issues, whether they be students, scholars, policy makers and practitioners internationally. These interdisciplinary books provide an invaluable resource for discussion in advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses in development studies as well as in anthropology, economics, politics, geography, media studies and sociology.

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  • Women, Literature and Development in Africa

    2nd Edition

    By Anthonia C. Kalu

    This book is a powerful exploration of the role of women in the evolution of African thinking and narratives on development, from the precolonial period right through to the modern day. Whilst the book identifies women’s oppression and marginalization as significant challenges to contemporary…

    Paperback – 2019-12-20 
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  • Innovation for Development in Africa

    1st Edition

    By Jussi S. Jauhiainen, Lauri Hooli

    This book uncovers the many ways in which innovations and innovation system development policies have become crucial to development policy formation across Africa. As new instruments, actors and tools emerge in development cooperation, the role of innovation in the societal development of…

    Paperback – 2019-11-29
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  • Power, Empowerment and Social Change

    1st Edition

    Edited by Rosemary McGee, Jethro Pettit

    This book uncovers how power operates around the world, and how it can be resisted or transformed through empowered collective action and social leadership. The stakes have never been higher. Recent years have seen a rapid escalation of inequalities, the rise of new global powers and corporate…

    Paperback – 2019-11-06
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  • Energy and Development

    1st Edition

    By Frauke Urban

    This book explores the complex relationship between energy and development and discusses the core issues and concepts surrounding this growing area of research and policy. In the field of energy and development, the world faces two major challenges: (1) Providing energy access to the roughly …

    Paperback – 2019-11-06
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  • Participatory Arts in International Development

    1st Edition

    Edited by Paul Cooke, Inés Soria-Donlan

    This book explores the practical delivery of participatory arts projects in international development. Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of academics, international development professionals and arts practitioners, the book engages honestly with the competing challenges faced by the…

    Paperback – 2019-08-27
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  • Aid Power and Politics

    1st Edition

    Edited by Iliana Olivié, Aitor Pérez

    Aid Power and Politics delves into the political roots of aid policy, demonstrating how and why governments across the world use aid for global influence, and exploring the role it plays in present-day global governance and international relations. In reconsidering aid as part of international…

    Paperback – 2019-08-12
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  • Researching South-South Development Cooperation

    The Politics of Knowledge Production, 1st Edition

    Edited by Emma Mawdsley, Elsje Fourie, Wiebe Nauta

    Over the last two decades the expanding role of Southern countries as development partners has led to tectonic shifts in global development ideas, practices, norms and actors. Researchers are faced with new questions around identity, power and positionality in global development. Researching…

    Paperback – 2019-06-07
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  • Foreign Aid in the Age of Populism

    Political Economy Analysis from Washington to Beijing, 1st Edition

    By Viktor Jakupec, Max Kelly

    Across the world the Western dominated international aid system is being challenged. The rise of right-wing populism, de-globalisation, the advance of illiberal democracy and the emergence of non-Western donors onto the international stage are cutting right to the heart of the entrenched…

    Paperback – 2019-02-15
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  • Epistemic Freedom in Africa

    Deprovincialization and Decolonization, 1st Edition

    By Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

    Epistemic Freedom in Africa is about the struggle for African people to think, theorize, interpret the world and write from where they are located, unencumbered by Eurocentrism. The imperial denial of common humanity to some human beings meant that in turn their knowledges and experiences lost…

    Paperback – 2018-06-27
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  • Communication in International Development

    Doing Good or Looking Good?, 1st Edition

    Edited by Florencia Enghel, Jessica Noske-Turner

    International development stakeholders harness communication with two broad purposes: to do good, via communication for development and media assistance, and to communicate do-gooding, via public relations and information. This book unpacks various ways in which different efforts to do good are…

    Paperback – 2018-05-29
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  • Numeracy as Social Practice

    Global and Local Perspectives, 1st Edition

    Edited by Keiko Yasukawa, Alan Rogers, Kara Jackson, Brian V. Street

    Learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom, embedded in local practices, traditions and interactions. But whereas the importance of social practice is increasingly recognised in literacy education, Numeracy as Social Practice: Global and Local Perspectives is the first book to…

    Paperback – 2018-05-01
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  • Disability and International Development

    A Guide for Students and Practitioners, 1st Edition

    By David Cobley

    Despite growing evidence of a close and complex relationship between disability and poverty, development policy, planning and programming has often failed to take full account of the concerns of disabled people. However, following the 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities…

    Paperback – 2018-03-13
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  • Learning and Volunteering Abroad for Development

    Unpacking Host Organization and Volunteer Rationales, 1st Edition

    By Rebecca Tiessen

    Learning/volunteer abroad programmes provide opportunities for cross-cultural understanding, partnership-building, and cooperative development, but there are also significant structural challenges and inequality of opportunity issues that result from these partnerships between host organizations in…

    Paperback – 2017-07-18
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  • Multipolar Globalization

    Emerging Economies and Development, 1st Edition

    By Jan Nederveen Pieterse

    Like a giant oil tanker, the world is slowly turning. The rapid growth of economies in Asia and the global South has led to a momentous shift in the world order, leaving much of the traditional literature on globalization behind. Multipolar Globalization: Emerging Economies and Development is the…

    Paperback – 2017-06-21
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  • Communicating Development with Communities

    1st Edition

    By Linje Manyozo

    Development theory and practice are often taught in a manner that strips them of their historical context and obscures alternative intellectual assumptions and critical frameworks. This prevents students from acquiring a holistic understanding of the world and consequently, when it comes to…

    Paperback – 2017-06-13
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  • Education, Learning and the Transformation of Development

    1st Edition

    Edited by Amy Skinner, Matt Baillie Smith, Eleanor Brown, Tobias Troll

    Whilst education has been widely recognised as a key tool for development, this has tended to be limited to the incremental changes that education can bring about within a given development paradigm, as opposed to its role in challenging dominant conceptions and practices of development and…

    Paperback – 2016-07-21
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  • Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations

    Politics, place and power, 1st Edition

    Edited by Lisa Ann Richey

    Discussion over celebrity engagement is often limited to theoretical critique or normative name-calling, without much grounded research into what it is that celebrities are doing, the same or differently throughout the world. Crucially, little attention has been paid to the Global South, either as…

    Paperback – 2015-09-08
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  • Art, Culture and International Development

    Humanizing social transformation, 1st Edition

    By John Clammer

    Culture is not simply an explanation of last resort, but is itself a rich, multifaceted and contested concept and set of practices that needs to be expanded, appreciated and applied in fresh ways if it is to be both valued in itself and to be of use in practical development. This innovative book…

    Paperback – 2014-11-25
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  • New Media and International Development

    Representation and affect in microfinance, 1st Edition

    By Anke Schwittay

    New Media and International Development is the first in-depth examination of microfinance’s enduring popularity with Northern publics. Through a case study of Kiva.org, the world’s first person-to-person microlending website, and other microfinance organizations, the book argues that international…

    Paperback – 2014-09-23
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  • International Aid and the Making of a Better World

    Reflexive Practice, 1st Edition

    By Rosalind Eyben

    How can international aid professionals manage to deal with the daily dilemmas of working for the wellbeing of people in countries other than their own? A scholar-activist and lifelong development practitioner seeks to answer that question in a book that provides a vivid and accessible insight into…

    Paperback – 2014-04-15
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  • Celebrity Advocacy and International Development

    1st Edition

    By Dan Brockington

    Celebrity advocacy is a curious phenomenon. It occupies a significant proportion of the public domain, but does so without engaging particularly well with much of the public. Yet this may not matter very much. Many people at the core of advocacy, and in political and business elites, simply do not…

    Paperback – 2014-04-02
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  • Popular Representations of Development

    Insights from Novels, Films, Television and Social Media, 1st Edition

    Edited by David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers, Michael Woolcock

    Although the academic study of development is well established, as is also its policy implementation, less considered are the broader, more popular understandings of development that often shape agendas and priorities, particularly in representative democracies. Through its accessible and…

    Paperback – 2013-08-16
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