Synopses & Reviews
Geographies of Development second edition
Robert B. Potter
Jennifer A. Elliott,
Geographies of Development
is an established, innovative and comprehensive introductory textbook for undergraduate students of Development Geography, Development Studies and related fields. A pioneer of the holistic approach, it encourages critical engagement by integrating key topics throughout the text, such as development ideology, globalisation, modernity, gender, ethnicity, tourism, resources, development aid, land degradation and environmental sustainability. It argues lucidly, convincingly and informatively that ideas concerning development have been many and varied, and have been highly contested, varying from time to time and from place to place.
Key featuresIntegrates theory, practice and illustration to bring the subject alive and encourage a balanced and considered overview of ‘development' Accessible layout of material, illustrated by numerous diagrams, graphs, photographs and tables, aids understanding of the subject Each chapter includes boxed case studies, key concepts summaries, suggestions for further reading and topics for discussion
New to this editionNew material and case studies drawn from scholarly and popular sources to encourage a critical approach and to increase contemporary relevance, as in Part 1 ‘Conceptualising Development'
- Fully updated to reflect the most recent developments in theory (anti-development, post-development, post-colonialism and post-structuralism) and practice (anti-capitalism, anti-globalisation, TNCs, critiques of the WTO, arguments for the relocation of production, GM crops and agricultural change)
- New coverage of key concepts such as social capital, civil society and participatory development
- Extended coverage of the World Bank, IMF, neo-liberal policies and Poverty Reduction Strategies
- New coverage of poverty and debt reduction, the Millennium development goals, global warming and GM crops and linkages between urban and rural areas
‘a text I would recommend highly for an introductory course in development studies'
‘a truly multidisciplinary resource that will likely satisfy students with an interest in development' Journal of Rural Studies
Robert B. Potter is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Reading. Tony Binns is Reader in Geography at the University of Sussex. Jennifer A. Elliott is Principal Lecturer in Geography at the University of Brighton. The late David Smith was Professor of Economic Geography at the University if Liverpool. All of the authors have considerable teaching experience in this are and collectively bring first-hand research expertise from North, West and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Caribbean and South America.
Cover illustration by Matthew Richardson
Based on an original sketch by Rob Potter
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Geographies of Development is an innovative and comprehensive introductory textbook for undergraduate students of Development Geography and Development Studies. The aim is to move away from the traditional approach whereby topics such as agriculture, industry, urbanisation, trade and aid are dealt with separately. Rather, key topics such as development ideology, globalisation, modernity, gender, ethnicity, tourism, land degradation and environmental sustainability are integrated throughout the text. The theme of the book is that ideas concerning development have been many and varied, and have been highly contested, varying from time to time and from place to place.
Table of Contents
List of boxes
Preface to the Second Edition
PART I CONCEPTUALISING DEVELOPMENT: MEANINGS OF DEVELOPMENT
1. Questioning development
Overview: from ‘development' to ‘anti-development'
The meaning of the word ‘development'
Thinking about development
Critiques of development: Eurocentrism, populist stances, anti-development and post-modernity
Spatialising development: the Third World/Developing World/Global South
Rich and poor worlds: relative poverty and inequalities at the global scale
Concluding issues: geography, development and ‘distant others'
2. Understanding colonialism
Phases of colonialism
Legacies of colonialism
3. Theories and strategies of development
Theories, strategies and ideologies of development
Classical-traditional approaches: early views from the developed world
Historical approaches: empirical perspectives on change and development
Radical dependency approaches: the Third World answers back?
Alternative, bottom-up approaches: perspectives on ‘another' development
Development theory, modernity and post-modernity: concluding remarks
4. Globalisation, development and underdevelopment
What does globalisation mean?
Globalisation and development: for and against/solution or problem?
Global transformations: a shrinking world or a more unequal world?
Globalisation and the information society: the digital divide and an unequal world
Economic aspects of globalisation: industrialisation, TNCs, world cities and global shifts
Economic change and global divergence
Global convergence? Perspectives on cultural globalisation
Political aspects of globalisation: the anti-globalisation and anti-capitalist movements
Concluding comments: globalisation and unequal development
PART II DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE: COMPONENTS OF DEVELOPMENT
5. People in the development process
Population and resources: a demographic time bomb?
The demographic transition
Quality of life
6. Resources and the environment
The importance of resources in development
Resource constraints and the development process
Environmental impacts of development
The search for sustainable resource management
7. Institutions of development
The rise of global governance
The role of the state
Civil society, NGOs and development
PART III SPACES AND DEVELOPMENT: PLACES AND DEVELOPMENT
8. Movements and flows
Introduction: unravelling complexities
Movements and flows in the ‘real world'
People on the move
Communications and transport
North and South: an interdependent world
World trade: the changing scene
Developing countries and the debt crisis
9. Urban spaces
Urbanisation and development: an overview
Urbanisation in the contemporary Third World
Causes of repaid urbanisation in the Third World
City systems and development: questions of urban primacy, regional inequalities and unequal development
Urban and regional planning in Third World countries
Rural-urban interrelations in developing countries
Inside Third World cities
Final comments: urban management for sustainable urbanisation
10. Rural spaces
Rural spaces in development
Principal systems of production
Approaches to agricultural and rural development
Towards better understanding of rural spaces