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A World of Difference, Second Edition: Encountering and Contesting Development

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Widely regarded as the standard text on development geography, this volume examines the nature and causes of global inequality and critically analyzes contemporary approaches to economic development across the third world. Students gain a deeper understanding of the interacting dynamics of culture, gender, race, and class; biophysical factors, such as climate, population, and natural resources; and economic and political processesa all of which have led to the present-day disparities between the first and third worlds. Numerous examples, sidebars, and figures illustrate how people in the global South are experiencing and contesting the forces of globalization.

New to This Edition

  • Updated to reflect a decade of economic, political, and social changes
  • Extensively revised; more fully integrates postcolonial and feminist perspectives
  • Broadens the prior edition's focus on Africa with examples from around the world
  • A chapter on the promises and pitfalls of sustainable development.

Book News Annotation:

Geographers Sheppard and Philip W. Porter wrote the first edition, and are joined for this second by David R. Faust (South Asia) and Richa Nagar (gender, women, and sexuality studies; all U. of Minnesota). They have revised the textbook in light of new theories and evidence over the past decade, and of responses of instructors and students to the first edition. Contrasting divergent ways of knowing, livelihoods and the nonhuman world, and social relations and global strategies, they place current debates and development and neoliberalism in the context of previous colonialism and exploitation. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Widely regarded as the authoritative text on development geography, this volume examines the nature and causes of global inequality and critically analyzes contemporary approaches to economic development across the third world. Students gain a deeper understanding of the interacting dynamics of culture, gender, race, and class; biophysical factors, such as climate, population, and natural resources; and economic and political processesandmdash;all of which have led to the present-day disparities between the first and third worlds. Numerous examples, sidebars, and figures illustrate how people in the global South are experiencing and contesting the forces of globalization.

About the Author

Eric Sheppard is Regents Professor of Geography and Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, University of Minnesota. Among his awards are Distinguished Scholarship Honors, Association of American Geographers; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; Fesler-Lampert Professor in Public Humanities, University of Minnesota; and Scholar of the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota. He is coauthor or coeditor of several books and over 100 articles.

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Philip W. Porter is Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, where he taught geography from 1957 to 2000. He has specialized in African geography, with particular emphasis on livelihood systems and the biophysical environments in which they are pursued, as well as the political economies in which they are embedded. His first research was in Liberia and he subsequently did research in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. He has taught courses dealing with third world development and underdevelopment. He has also had a research and teaching interest in cartography and remote sensing.

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David R. Faust is the Librarian for South Asia at the Ames Library of South Asia, University of Minnesota. He has published articles on development politics, nongovernmental organizations, and the disjunctures related to English-medium education in India.

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Richa Nagar is Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is coauthor or coeditor of two prior books and has published articles on space and communal politics among South Asians in postcolonial Tanzania and the politics of empowerment in India.

Table of Contents

I. Differentiated Ways of Knowing

1. Introduction

2. Measuring, Describing, and Mapping Difference and Development

3. Knowing the Third World: Colonial Encounters

4. Knowing the Third World: The Development Decades

5. The Third World and Neoliberal Globalization

II. Differentiated Livelihoods and the Nonhuman World

6. Geographies of Population: Discourse and Politics

7. Contested Environments: The Entanglements of Environment, Development, and Globalization

8. Disease and Health

9. Uncertain Rains: The Atmospheric Energy Cycle and the Hydrologic Cycle

10. Other Challenges to Rural Livelihood: Soils, Vegetation, and Pests

11. Nature as Latitudinal Trickster: The Carbon Cycle and Plant Growth

12. The Management of Tropical and Subtropical Ecosystems: The Pokot of West Central Kenyaand#151;An Indigenous Knowledge System

III. Differentiated Social Relations Encountering Global Strategies

13. The Historical Geography of Colonialism and the Slave Trade

14. Colonialism as Spatial and Labor Control System

15. The End of Colonialism and the Promise of Free Trade

16. Trading Primary Commodities

17. Peripheral Industrialization: Paths and Strategies

18. The Earth's Crust as Resource

19. Urbanization, Migration, and Spatial Polarization

20. Transnational Production

21. Foreign Branch Plants and Economic Growth

22. Money and Global Finance Markets, with Bongman Seo

23. Borrowing Money: Aid, Debt, and Dependence, with Bongman Seo

24. Toward Different Worlds

Product Details

ISBN:
9781606232620
Author:
Sheppard, Eric
Publisher:
Guilford Publications
Author:
Faust, David R.
Author:
Porter, Philip W.
Author:
Nagar, Richa
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Development - Economic Development
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Subject:
Developing countries
Subject:
Development - General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2-page color tip-in
Pages:
665
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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Widely regarded as the authoritative text on development geography, this volume examines the nature and causes of global inequality and critically analyzes contemporary approaches to economic development across the third world. Students gain a deeper understanding of the interacting dynamics of culture, gender, race, and class; biophysical factors, such as climate, population, and natural resources; and economic and political processesandmdash;all of which have led to the present-day disparities between the first and third worlds. Numerous examples, sidebars, and figures illustrate how people in the global South are experiencing and contesting the forces of globalization.

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