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Development Theory

Second Edition


October 2009 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Written by one of the leading authorities in the field, the Second Edition of this successful book:

  • Situates students in the expanding field of development theory
  • Provides an unrivalled guide to the strengths and weaknesses of competing theoretical approaches
  • Explains key concepts
  • Examines the shifts in theory
  • Offers an agenda for the future

In this book, the author brings a huge range of experience and knowledge about the relationship between the economically advanced and the emerging, developing nations.


 
Trends in Development Theory
Development in Question

 
The Status of Development Theory

 
Meanings of 'Development' over Time

 
Development Is Struggle

 
The Development Field

 
Trends in Development Theory

 
 
Dilemmas of Development Discourse: The Crisis of Developmentalism and the Comparative Method
From Evolutionism to Development

 
Development as Redemption

 
The Crisis of Developmentalism

 
Options

 
From Bipolarity to Polycentrism

 
The Deconstruction of the West

 
 
The Development of Development Theory: Towards Critical Globalism
Notions of Change

 
Development Theories in the Plural

 
Modernization Revisited

 
Critical Globalism

 
 
Delinking or Globalization?
 
The Cultural Turn in Development: Questions of Power
National Culture

 
Local Culture

 
Culture/Power

 
Add Culture and Stir

 
Development and Cultural Liberty

 
 
My Paradigm or Yours? Variations on Alternative Development
Alternative Development

 
Alternative Development Paradigm

 
Paradigm Politics

 
Mainstream Development

 
Conclusion

 
 
After Post-Development
Problematizing Poverty

 
Development=Westernization

 
Critique of Modernism and Science

 
Development as Discourse

 
Alternatives to Development

 
Anti-Managerialism

 
Dichotomic Thinking

 
Politics of Post-Development

 
Coda

 
 
Equity and Growth Revisited: From Human Development to Social Development
Social Development

 
Redistribution with Growth

 
Lessons of East Asia

 
Human Development

 
Lessons of Welfare States

 
Social Capital

 
Conclusion

 
 
Critical Holism and the Tao of Development
Remedying Remedies

 
Wholeness, Holism

 
Contradictions of Modernity

 
Development and High Modernism

 
Shortcuts and Other Remedies

 
Towards the Tao of Development

 
 
Digital Capitalism and Development: The Unbearable Lightness of ICT4D
Bridging the Digital Divide

 
ICT4D as a Package Deal

 
Digital Capitalism? Cyber Utopia

 
ICT4D and Development Studies

 
ICT4D and Development Policy

 
 
Futures of Development
Futures of Development Thinking

 
Development as Collective Learning

 
Complexity

 
Reflexive Modernity, Reflexive Development

 
Reconstructions

 
 
Twenty-First Century Globalization and Development
Twenty-First Century Globalization

 
Turning Points

 
New Development Era

 
Development Pluralism

 
International Development Cooperation

 
After the Crisis

 

This exciting book is a tour de force, spanning a broad range of approaches to development. It does not stop at critique, as so many previous books on these issues have done, but offers a unique perspective on future possibilities and the shape of things to come. It should be essential reading on all development studies courses
Andrea Cornwall
Institute of Development Studies, The University of Sussex


This marvellous book should be read by every social scientist interested in development studies
Keith Griffin
Dept of Economics, University of California at Riverside


This book provides a comprehensive account of Development theory and enables students to think critically about the subject.

Dr Godfrey Vincent
Political Science History Dept, Tuskegee University
August 5, 2016

This is an advanced text suitable for Masters, and in some cases, Honours students. We have also managed to work out an affordable price for our students and I am hoping to have this book prescribed for our Development Theory course at the Masters, and potentially Honours, level.

Dr Samantha Leonard
Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
June 8, 2015

This book explores many approaches to development. It examines key concepts and shifts in theory.

Mrs Marion Farnworth
Centre of Health & Childhood Studies, Hopwood Hall College
January 16, 2015

PLEASE NOTE THAT I HAVE CHANGED THE COURSE THIS BOOK IS PRESCRIBED FOR: IT WILL NOW BE PRESCRIBED FOR DEV401 - DEVELOPMENT THEORY.

I initially ordered this book with my second year undergrad course in mind. However, due to the more advanced nature of this book I have decided to adopt it as a prescribed text for my Honours course in Dev studies.
As always, Pieterse has provided a sound overview of current development theory and trends. The book highlights important discourse in current Development Theory and each chapter can be used as a starting block for initiating further insight into current controversy and trends.

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

I initially ordered this book with my second year undergrad course in mind. However, due to the more advanced nature of this book I have decided to adopt it as a prescribed text for my Honours course in Dev studies.
As always, Pieterse has provided a sound overview of current development theory and trends. The book highlights important discourse in current Development Theory and each chapter can be used as a starting block for initiating further insight into current controversy and trends.

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

Development Theory provides a comprehensive analysis of development discourse taking into account a wide range of relevant concepts. This text will support students to develop a critical insight into development theory and to consider the future of development thinking.

Ms Helen Maher
Department of Social Studies, Carlow College
December 21, 2012

The book is informative--but a little too abstract for an introductory development economics course. Advanced students will be directed to this text, however.

Dr Eric Hinderliter
Business, LCC International University
July 5, 2011

This book provides a very detailed examination of the wide variety of development paradigms. It approaches these in chronological order and looks at each in depth. It is a must for MA students of development and I shall be recommending it as a supplementary course text for my BSc undergraduates. It will soon need updating following the recent challenges to contemporary development ideologies by the popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.

Dr Kevin Cook
Geography, Northampton University
March 3, 2011

An informed and wide ranging book. The chapter on ICT4Development is very useful for my students.

Dr Peter Day
Mass Communications , Brighton University
January 12, 2011

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Chapter One


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