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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

This first section of Key Concepts in Development Geography seeks to provide a basic overview of the key concepts that underpin the field. In so doing, it deals with the basics, examining the concept of development and the closely associated issue of the meanings that have been attributed to development. One of the key themes of this section of the book is that, in both theoretical and practical terms, thinking about development has changed markedly over time. A further lesson is that at any given time concepts of development tend to be diverse, reflecting the prevalence of different social, economic, political and even moral viewpoints.

The meanings that have been attributed to development are specifically overviewed in Chapter 1.1 and at the outset it is ...

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