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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.

Measuring Development
Measuring development

Following Chapter 1.1, given that development is something that does – or does not – happen over time and across territories, it is inevitable that scholars and practitioners have sought to find methods to measure its progress. It also follows from Chapter 1.1 that the approaches used to measure development have reflected very closely the principal conceptualizations of development as a process that have gained prominance at various times. Thus in the 1950s through to the early 1980s development was generally measured in terms of economic growth and, in particular, the growth of production and income. In the late 1980s through to the 1990s, changes in the way development was being envisioned were directly recognized in the promotion of wider indices of ...

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