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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.


This section of the book focuses on people's everyday lives in the global South and helps to contextualize many of the theoretical and empirical issues discussed in the previous chapters. Drawing on grounded research from a range of contexts, we explore how people's lives are entwined with processes of development, culture and inequality from the micro- to the macro-levels. Placing people's everyday lives at the centre brings questions of poverty, inequality and difference sharply into focus. Such an approach clearly reveals the multidimensional nature of poverty and the ways this is linked to axes of social difference and inequality, including gender, age, disability and ill health, sexuality, race and ethnicity among other factors. The concept of intersectionality, which emerged from feminists’ engagement with questions ...

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