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In recent years, much mainstream development discourse has sought to co-opt and neutralize 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 analyzing 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 analyze 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, policymakers and professionals in the areas of development studies, political science, sociology, economics, gender studies, history, anthropology, agrarian studies, international relations and international political economy.
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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 25.4mm | 726g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 Tables, black and white
  • 1138049972
  • 9781138049970
  • 750,707

Table of contents

Critical Development Studies: An Introduction


Henry Veltmeyer and Paul Bowles









I. Reflections on History
















Chapter 1. History from a critical development perspective Kari Levitt:



















II. Thinking Critically about Development
















Chapter 2. Critical development theory: Results and prospects Ronaldo Munck












Chapter 3. Thinking capitalist development beyond Eurocentrism Alf Nilsen












Chapter 4. Development theory: the Latin American pivot Cristobal Kay












Chapter 5. Postdevelopment and other critiques of the roots of development Eduardo Gudynas












Chapter 6. Development in question: the feminist perspective Fernanda Wanderley



















III. Capitalism, Imperialism and Globalization: Implications for Development
















Chapter 7. The world systems perspective Salvatore Babones












Chapter 8. The Central Contradictions of Capitalism and Capitalist Crises Berch Berberoglu












Chapter 9. Imperialism, Capitalism and Development James Petras and Henry Veltmeyer












Chapter 10. Critical globalization studies and development S.A. Hamed Hosseini and Barry K. Gills












Chapter 11. The end of globalization Walden Bello



















IV. Poverty, Inequalities and Development Dynamics
















Chapter 12. The poverty and development problematic Joe Tharamangalam












Chapter 13. Poverty analysis through a gender lens: a brief history of feminist contributions in international development Naila Kabeer












Chapter 14. Gender inequalities at work: explanations with examples from Cambodia, the Philippines and China Fiona MacPhail



















V. Policy Configurations for Development: International, National and Local












Chapter 15. The Post-Washington consensus Elisa Van Waeyenberge












Chapter 16. International cooperation for development Peter Kragelund












Chapter 17. The developmental state and late industrialization: still feasible-and desirable? Paul Bowles












Chapter 18. Local economic development and microcredit Milford Bateman



















V. Class and Development
















Chapter 19. Class analysis and development Henry Veltmeyer












Chapter 20. Class dynamics of the global capitalist system Berch Berberoglu












Chapter 21. The making of the migrant working class in China Pun Ngai












Chapter 22. Class struggle and resistance in Latin America Susan Spronk



















VI. Agrarian Change and Spatial Reconfigurations
















Chapter 23. Contemporary dynamics of agrarian change Cristobal Kay












Chapter 24. The global food regime Haroon Akram-Lodhi












Chapter 25. The migration-development nexus Raul Delgado Wise












Chapter 26. Urban development in the global south Charmain Levy



















VII. Resources, Energy and the Environment
















Chapter 27. Capitalism versus the environment Darcy Tetreault












Chapter 28. Climate change and development Marcus Taylor












Chapter 29. Extractive capitalism and subterranean resistances Raul Zibechi












Chapter 30. Popular sustainable development, or ecological economics from below David Barkin



















IX. The BRICS as the new `development giants'
















Chapter 31. Brazil: from the margins to the centre? Ana Garcia and Miguel Borba de Sa












Chapter 32. India: Critical issues of a `tortuous transition' John Harriss












Chapter 33. Interrogating the China model of development Alvin So and Yin Wah Chu



















X. The Search for a New Model: Rethinking development in Latin America



















Chapter 34. Rethinking Latin America: Towards new development paradigms Ronaldo Munck












Chapter 35. Peasant alternatives to neoliberalism Leandro Vergara-Camus












Chapter 36. Socialism and development: A Latin American perspective Claudio Katz












Chapter 37. Confronting the capitalist hydra: the Zapatistas reflect on the storm that is upon us Sergio Rodriguez Lascano
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Review quote

"This Guide invaluably fills a vacuum in the literature. Across its nearly forty chapters, it provides the highest level of scholarship and knowledge around the history, content and scope of critical development studies, covering both material and intellectual developments in a reader-friendly fashion for researchers, students and policymakers alike." - Ben Fine, Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK


"We have not reached the end of history but the story of Progress, its errors and criticisms is the most important one in social science. Here 37 experts have both charted and navigated an extensive archipelago of ideas to produce this guidebook. Not only will teachers and students find it indispensable but so also will everyone currently critical of means to the ends of the world's Sustainable Development Goals." - Barbara Harriss-White, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies, Oxford University and Visiting Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.


"The Essential Guide presents clear, historically contextualised genealogies of major trends in development theory, and problematises them with critical alternatives. Feminist theory, counter narratives such as buen vivir (`living well') and discursive analyses of Development help to show the limitations of mainstream development theory and neoliberal approaches." - Andrea Nightingale, Chair of Rural Development in the Global South, Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences, Sweden


"The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies, edited by Henry Veltmeyer and Paul Bowles, is the comprehensive product and theoretical culmination of some six decades of critical research on development and underdevelopment, from Paul Baran's The Political Economy of Growth (1957) to the present. Bringing together the analyses of many of the world's leading analysts in this area, it explains how successive waves of liberal and neoliberal developmentalism have largely failed to address the complex problems of the global South and the persistent realities of imperialism and unequal exchange. In the twenty-first century these issues have proven more important than ever, making this volume an invaluable contribution to the understanding of the epochal crises and global transformations taking place in our time." - John Bellamy Foster, editor, Monthly Review, USA


"the book is highly recommended for activists, researchers, students and teachers of international development at all levels, especially those who seek a comprehensive and authoritative guide to central themes, theories and research in critical development studies. The book's theoretical diversity and high-profile contributors, alongside its wide-ranging scope, emancipatory goals and use of accessible language, make it an excellent candidate as a textbook and an essential addition to any collection of work on critical development studies." - Efe Can Gurcan, Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'etudes du developpement, 2018
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About Henry Veltmeyer

Henry Veltmeyer is Senior Research Professor in Development Studies at Universidad de Autonoma de Zacatecas, Mexico, and Professor Emeritus in International development Studies at Saint Mary's University, Canada.

Paul Bowles is Professor of Economics and International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada.
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