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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.

Introduction
Introduction
A Highly Unequal World: Poverty and Inequality

We live in a world characterized by major contrasts and differences. Although those who live in the rich countries of the world may not have reason to think about it every day, grinding poverty and poor living conditions are two of the major characteristics of the globe, not affluence and wealth. On the other hand, within the rich countries of the world the early twenty-first century has come to be characterized by a small minority of the population earning vast salaries, owning and controlling inordinate resources, and living implausibly and – to some at least – unacceptably affluent lifestyles. In a nutshell, these few observations represent the central topics of concern of Key Concepts in Development Geography: the ...

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