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Key Concepts in Development Geography

Key Concepts in Development Geography

June 2012 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Key Concepts in Development Geography is a new kind of textbook that forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the human geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, Key Concepts in Development Geography is an introductory text that provides students with the core concepts that form contemporary research and ideas within the development geography discipline. Written in a clear and transparent style, the book includes:

  • An introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field
  • Over 20 key concept entries that provide comprehensive definitions, explanations and evolutions of the subject
  • Excellent pedagogy to enhance students' understanding including a glossary, figures, diagrams, and further reading

Organized around five of the most important areas of concern, the book covers: the meanings and measurement of development; its theory and practice; work, employment and development; people, culture and development; and contemporary issues in development. The perfect companion for undergraduates and graduate students pursuing geography degrees, the book is a timely look at the pressingly important field of international development studies today.

Understanding Development
Meanings of Development
Measuring Development
Space and Development
Defining and Measuring Poverty
The Millennium Development Goals
Theory and Practice of Development
Modernity, Modernization, Postmodernism and Post-Structuralism
Radical Approaches to Development
Neo-Liberalism and Globalization
The Development Programmes of Global Institutions
Sustainable Development and Environmental Sustainability
Work, Employment and Development
Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities
Industrialization and the New International Division of Labour
Decent Work, Risk and the Informal Sector
The Digital Economy and New Spaces of Work
Global Trade, Aid and Regulation
People, Culture and Development
Gender, Households and Development
Children, Youth and Development
Health, Disability and Development
Sexualities and Development
Ageing and Development
Contemporary Issues in Development
Culture and Human Rights
Civil Society, Social Capital and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
Migration, Transnationalism and Development
Tobin-Type Taxes

An excellent and supremely accessible guide to some key issues in development geograpy.

Stuart Corbridge
London School of Economics

Key Concepts in Development Geography provides a clearly stated, informed and strongly structured pathway through the key literatures and debates.

Jonathan Rigg
Durham University

The book covers wide range of topics associated with development geography at an introductory level. The book is useful for planners to browse through various interdisciplinary concepts / understanding.

The current maps provided in the book are skewed and readers would expect correct maps in the next edition.

Mr Aurobindo Ogra
Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Johannesburg
April 9, 2014

To understand the complexities of the global world it is necessary to occupy oneself with the key concepts in development geography. Thanks for the great service!

Mr Wolfgang Gruber
Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna
January 19, 2014

Their brief chapters are very useful for students who english language is not their native language.

Professor Gustavo Rodríguez
Geography , Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero
July 16, 2013

It is a short book, but provides a good overview of key development issues. These will be of great relevance to an undergraduate course under my responsibility at the University of Edinburgh (Geographies of Development and Socionature).

Dr Antonio Ioris
School of GeoSciences, Edinburgh University
May 21, 2013

This book will be used as a recommended reading text for our development studies students. I will also be ordering 2 copies for each of the 2 libraries on each of the campuses where our degree programmes run. The book successfully provides a sound introduction to the fundamental principles of development theory. The language is easy to understand for under-grad students and the book is structured in an accessible format. I would recommend this book for any course wanting to establish a solid theoretical foundation in Development Theory.
The main reason why I did not adopt this as a required text is due to the use of Geography in the title. As discussed within this book, ‘Development Studies’ is a growing field, which has become a discipline in its own right. There is, therefore, a need for the Development Studies department’s to focus on establishing this field as a discipline. While I really liked this book and its content, I don’t think that my department would approve of prescribing a “Geography” textbook for a Development Studies course.

Dr Samantha Leonard
Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
May 20, 2013

This book provides an excellent overview of Development Geography and I have listed it as 'essential reading' on my reading lists.

Dr Sarah Jewitt
School of Geography, Nottingham University
November 8, 2012

This is a well written, concise and clear textbook for basic level in geography and development studies. I would adopt it as a compulsory textbook for first year students who have to learn the basic concepts of development. Currently I teach adavnced level and therefore I will recommend it for students whose minor subject is development studies, whereas those who major are already familiar with the concepts since their first year of studies.

Dr Julia Janis
IDS, University of Helsinki
August 1, 2012

An excellent text for my communications for development module. Introduces my media studies students to key concepts and issues in development.

Dr Peter Day
School of Arts & Media, Brighton University
June 19, 2012

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