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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 second section of Key Concepts in Development Geography presents a critical assessment of the theoretical and applied explanations that have charted development practices ‘for the better or the worse’ throughout the Third World or global South. A critical perspective is believed to be the most useful approach, because the world's divisions do not always reflect wealth inequalities that have continued to persist despite over sixty years of ‘development effort’. Equally troubling are the immense differences in development experiences that have resulted from the conventional theories and approaches that have been embraced by the ‘development establishment’, comprised of global development forums, major development banks, international financial institutions and governmental international aid agencies. As the chapters in this section will argue, these institutions’ adherence to ...

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