Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective

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Pine Forge Press, 2008 - Business & Economics - 347 pages
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"Development and Social Change is a richly described and well written survey of change in the post-1950 period...The first edition was a practical and accessible contribution to the literature on social change. The fourth edition continues in this vein."

Explores development through historical narrative and examines the globalization/development paradox through in-depth case studies

Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective, Fourth Edition, describes the dramatic acceleration of the global and political economy across three historical periods: colonialism, the development era, and the current era of globalization. Author Philip McMichael helps students make sense of a complex world in transition and explains how globalization became part of public discourse. Filled with case studies, this text makes the intricacies of globalization concrete, meaningful, and clear for students and moves them away from simple social evolutionary views, encouraging them to ponder social change, development, and global inequalities. The book challenges students to see themselves as global citizens whose consumption decisions have real implications.

New to the Fourth Edition
  • Links contemporary world issues such as slum proliferation, rebellion in Latin America, AIDS, the rise of China, and climate change to the long-term course of development as a global project
  • Weaves a stronger ecological theme into the story and emphasizes gendered features of modernization, as well as the complexity of its progressive claims, urging students to think critically about the costs and benefits of development
  • Reviews current trends and asks new questions about the future of international development
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Intended Audience
This text is an ideal core or supplementary text for a variety of undergraduate or beginning graduate courses such as Globalization, Social Development, and Social Change in departments of sociology, political science, and global studies.

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One of the most logical informed books out there where the author actually has their feet on the ground and gives a frank look at the reasons for the sick state of the world and its poverty. He ... Read full review

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Philip McMichael did a great job , very usefull and helping for those who are interested in the feild of development either they are implementators or accedmecians .


Development and Globalization Framing Issues
The Global Marketplace
Commodity Chains and Development
Global Interdependencies
The Lifestyle Connection
The Development Lifestyle
The Project of Development
The Development Project Late 1940s to Early 1970s
Debt Management
Reversing the Development Project
Challenging the Development State
State and Society Restructuring
The Globalization Project 1980s
Instituting the Globalization Project
The Globalization Project

Instituting the Development Project
The Colonial Division of Labor
Social Reorganization Under Colonialism
Colonial Liberation
Decolonization and Development
Postwar Decolonization and the Rise of the Third World
Ingredients of the Development Project
Economic Growth
Framing the Development Project
Ideal and Reality
Economic Nationalism
The Development Project International Relations
The International Framework
The Marshall Plan
The Bretton Woods System
Politics of the Postwar World Order
Remaking the International Division of Labor
The Newly Industrializing Countries NICs
The FoodAid Regime
The Public Law 480 Program
Remaking Third World Agricultures
The Global Livestock Complex
The Green Revolution
Antirural Biases of the Development Project
From National Development to Globalization
Globalizing National Economy
Third World Industrialization in Context
The World Factory
The Strategic Role of Information Technologies
The Export Processing Zone
The Rise of the New International Division of Labor NIDL
From the NIDL to a Global Labor Force
Agricultural Globalization
The New Agricultural Countries NACs
Global Sourcing and Regionalism
Demise of the Third World
The Empire of Containment and the Political Decline of the Third World
The New International Economic Order
Global Finance
Banking on Development
The Debt Regime
Global Governance
Liberalization and the Reformulation of Development
GATT and the Making of a Free Trade Regime
The World Trade Organization
The Agreement on Agriculture AoA
TradeRelated Investment Measures TRIMs
TradeRelated Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights TRIPs
General Agreement on Trade in Services GATS
Regional Free Trade Agreements FTAs
The Globalization Project World Bank Style
The Globalization Project in Practice
The New Export
Global Recolonization
Rethinking Development
Global Development and Its Countermovements
Sustainable Development
Earth Summits
Managing the Global Commons
Environmental Resistance Movements
Feminist Formulations
Women and the Environment
Women Poverty and Fertility
Womens Rights
Cosmopolitan Activism
Food Sovereignty Movements
Development for What?
The Microfinance Revolution
The Ethics of Empowerment
Legitimacy Crisis of the Globalization Project
The Latin Rebellion
The Emerging Markets of China and India
The Ecological Climacteric

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About the author (2008)

Philip McMichael grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, and is an International Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University. His book Settlers and The Agrarian Question: Foundations of Capitalism in Colonial Australia (Cambridge University Press, (c)1984) won the 1995 Social Science History Association's Allan Sharlin Memorial Award. He has also edited The Global Restructuring of Agro-Food Systems (Cornell University Press, (c)1994), Food and Agrarian Orders in the World Economy (Praeger, (c)1995), New Directions in the Sociology of Global Development (Emerald, (c)2005), and Contesting Development: Critical Struggles for Social Change (Routledge, (c)2010). He has served as Director of Cornell University's International Political Economy Program, as Chair of the American Sociological Association's Political Economy of the World-System Section, and President of the Research Committee on the Sociology of Agriculture and Food for the International Sociological Association. And he has recently worked with the FAO, IATP and UNRISD, the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty, and the international peasant coalition, La Via Campesina.

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