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.
Chapter 1.3: Space and Development: Why Space Matters
Space and Development: Why Space Matters
An Unequal World
While there is a strong argument that in the realm of social policy the focus should be on poor people rather than poor places, this has to be evaluated against the remarkable degree to which the world can be divided into rich and poor areas, cities, regions, nations and continents. Additionally, all the available evidence shows that the world is continuing to get more uneven and unequal. Inequality across space can be seen as one of the major characteristics of the world in which we live, both within and between countries. In short, space matters as part of the development equation.
Around the world, a high proportion of people still face conditions that ...