The Violence of Development

The Violence of Development : Resource Depletion, Environmental Crises and Human Rights Abuses in Central America

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This book examines the failure of 'development' in Central America, where despite billions of dollars of development funding and positive indicators of economic growth, poverty remains entrenched and violence endemic.*BR**BR*Martin Mowforth shows how development is predicated on force and systematic violence, through which the world's most powerful governments, financial institutions and companies punish the global south. *BR**BR*Crucially, the analysis in The Violence of Development comes from many development project case studies and over sixty interviews with a range of people in Central America, including nuns, politicians, NGO representatives, trade unionists, indigenous leaders and human rights defenders. This book is a compelling synthesis of first-hand research and development theory.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • illustrations, maps
  • 074533394X
  • 9780745333946

Table of contents



List Of Boxes

List Of Figures

List Of Tables

1. Introduction

2. Food - For Whose Table?

3. Water - Flowing in the Wrong Direction

4. Energy - Powerful Forces

5. Mining - All that Glitters...

6. Deforestation and Reforestation - Can't See the Wood for the Trees

7. Industrialisation and Free Trade Treaties - From Slavery to Sweatshop

8. Indigenous Groups - The Fourth World Fights Back

9. The Violence of Development - Human Rights defenders against the wall

10. Whither Development?

Selected Bibliography

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'Distinctively emphasises the violent and destructive effects of the development policies that have been implemented in Central America' -- Linda Holland, Director of The Institute for Central American Studies (ICAS)
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About Martin Mowforth

Martin Mowforth lecturers at the University of Plymouth in the UK. He is the author of The Violence of Development (Pluto, 2014) and co-author of Tourism and Sustainability: Development, Globalisation and New Tourism in the Third World (2009).
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