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Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies (Paperback) (Henry Veltmeyer & Paul Bowles)
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In recent years, much mainstream development discourse has sought to co-opt and neutralise key concepts relating to empowerment, participation, gender, sustainability and inclusivity in order to serve a market driven, neoliberal agenda. Critical development studies now play a crucial role in combatting this by analysing the systemic changes needed to transform the current world to one where economic and social justice and environmental integrity prevail.
The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies takes as its starting point the multiple crises – economic, political, social and environmental – of the dominant current global capitalist system. The chapters collectively document and analyse these crises and the need to find alternatives to the system(s) that generate them. To do so, analyses of class, gender, and empire are placed at the centre of discussion in contrast to markets, liberalization and convergence which characterize mainstream development discourse. Each contributor supplements their overview with a guide to the critical development studies literature on the topic thereby providing scholars and students not only with a precis of the key issues but also a signpost to further readings.
This is an important resource for academics, researchers, policy-makers and professionals in the areas of development studies, political science, sociology, economics, gender studies, history, anthropology, agrarian studies, international relations and international political economy.