Synopses & Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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