A World of Difference: Encountering and Contesting Development

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Guilford Press, 2009 - Social Science - 665 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Differentiated Ways of Knowing
3
Measuring Describing and Mapping Difference and Development
18
Colonial Encounters
52
The Development Decades
68
The Third World and Neoliberal Globalization
95
Differentiated Livelihoods
115
7
148
Disease and Health
169
The End of Colonialism and the Promise of Free Trade
377
Trading Primary Commodities
393
Paths and Strategies
418
The Earths Crust as Resource
441
Urbanization Migration and Spatial Polarization
465
Transnational Production
500
Foreign Branch Plants and Economic Growth
518
Money and Global Finance Markets
539

The Atmospheric Energy Cycle
202
Soils Vegetation and Pests
227
The Carbon Cycle and Plant Growth
263
The Pokot
272
Differentiated Social Relations
317
Colonialism as Spatial and Labor Control System
351
Aid Debt and Dependence
559
Toward Different Worlds
594
References
609
Index
643
About the Authors
665
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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.

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