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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.

Sustainable Development and Environmental Sustainability
Sustainable development and environmental sustainability

Debates erupted as soon as the term ‘sustainable development’ was brought into common usage in 1987 by the United Nation's Brundtland Commission. The Brundtland Report, Our Common Future (UNWEP, 1987) coined what has become the most often-quoted definition of sustainable development as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. Some condemned it as an oxymoron, and seriously questioned the ambiguities over the implied conflation of societal processes and environmental, or ecological, processes. Others questioned the concept's futuristic, yet imprecise, tenor. Still others, though not the scientific community, rejected the doomsday predictions about future climate change.

One generalization difficult to refute, or ignore, is that ...

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