Geographies of Developing Areas: The Global South in a changing world

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Taylor & Francis, Mar 13, 2009 - History - 464 pages
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This significant new textbook questions traditional conceptions of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean to provide a new understanding of the ‘Global South’, highlighting the rich diversity of regions that are usually only viewed in terms of their ‘problems’.

Providing a positive but critical approach to a number of key issues affecting these important areas, the book:

  • examines the ways in which the Global South is represented, and the values at play
  • explores how the South is shaping, and being shaped by, global economic, political and cultural processes
  • looks at peoples’ lives and identities
  • assesses the possibilities and limitations of different ‘development’ strategies.

A timely assessment of the way global processes are perceived from the Global South, the book is illustrated with over sixty colour photographs. It includes a full glossary of key terms, case studies from fieldwork conducted across a range of communities and nations, and introductions to the wider literature in this field.

This is a wonderful new textbook for all students interested in Human Geography and Development Studies.

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About the author (2009)

Dr. Glyn Williams is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Town and Regional Planning at The University of Sheffield, UK.  His main research interests lie in the fields of poverty and participation; state power and political practices; and environmentalism and environmental governance. He has conducted most of his research in India.

Dr. Paula Meth is a Lecturer in Town and Regional Planning at The University of Sheffield, UK.  Her research focuses on social development, particularly in Southern Africa, with a special interest in processes of gendered marginalization.

Dr. Katie Willis is a Reader in Development Geography and Director of the Centre for Developing Areas Research at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.  Her research focuses on two main areas: social development, particularly health, in urban Latin America, and transnationalism and migration.

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