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Development Theory

Second Edition


September 2009 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"This exciting book is a tour de force, spanning a broad range of approaches to development. It does not stop at critique, as so many previous books on these issues have done, but offers a unique perspective on future possibilities and the shape of things to come. It should be essential reading on all development studies courses".
- Andrea Cornwall, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

Praise for the previous edition:

"This marvellous book should be read by every social scientist interested in development studies".
-
Keith Griffin, University of California, Riverside

This is the second edition of this successful book. Written by one of the leading authorities in the field, it:

  • Situates students in the expanding field of development theory.
  • Provides an unrivalled guide to the strengths and weaknesses of competing theoretical approaches.
  • Explains key concepts.
  • Examines the shifts in theory.
  • Offers an agenda for the future.

Jan Nederveen brings together a huge range of experience and knowledge about the relationship between the economically advanced and the emerging, developing nations.

 
Trends in Development Theory
Development in Question  
The Status of Development Theory  
Meanings of 'Development' over Time  
Development Is Struggle  
The Development Field  
Trends in Development Theory  
 
Dilemmas of Development Discourse: The Crisis of Developmentalism and the Comparative Method
From Evolutionism to Development  
Development as Redemption  
The Crisis of Developmentalism  
Options  
From Bipolarity to Polycentrism  
The Deconstruction of the West  
 
The Development of Development Theory: Towards Critical Globalism
Notions of Change  
Development Theories in the Plural  
Modernization Revisited  
Critical Globalism  
 
Delinking or Globalization?
 
The Cultural Turn in Development: Questions of Power
National Culture  
Local Culture  
Culture/Power  
Add Culture and Stir  
Development and Cultural Liberty  
 
My Paradigm or Yours? Variations on Alternative Development
Alternative Development  
Alternative Development Paradigm  
Paradigm Politics  
Mainstream Development  
Conclusion  
 
After Post-Development
Problematizing Poverty  
Development=Westernization  
Critique of Modernism and Science  
Development as Discourse  
Alternatives to Development  
Anti-Managerialism  
Dichotomic Thinking  
Politics of Post-Development  
Coda  
 
Equity and Growth Revisited: From Human Development to Social Development
Social Development  
Redistribution with Growth  
Lessons of East Asia  
Human Development  
Lessons of Welfare States  
Social Capital  
Conclusion  
 
Critical Holism and the Tao of Development
Remedying Remedies  
Wholeness, Holism  
Contradictions of Modernity  
Development and High Modernism  
Shortcuts and Other Remedies  
Towards the Tao of Development  
 
Digital Capitalism and Development: The Unbearable Lightness of ICT4D
Bridging the Digital Divide  
ICT4D as a Package Deal  
Digital Capitalism? Cyber Utopia  
ICT4D and Development Studies  
ICT4D and Development Policy  
 
Futures of Development
Futures of Development Thinking  
Development as Collective Learning  
Complexity  
Reflexive Modernity, Reflexive Development  
Reconstructions  
 
Twenty-First Century Globalization and Development
Twenty-First Century Globalization  
Turning Points  
New Development Era  
Development Pluralism  
International Development Cooperation  
After the Crisis  

This exciting book is a tour de force, spanning a broad range of approaches to development. It does not stop at critique, as so many previous books on these issues have done, but offers a unique perspective on future possibilities and the shape of things to come. It should be essential reading on all development studies courses
Andrea Cornwall
Institute of Development Studies, The University of Sussex


This marvellous book should be read by every social scientist interested in development studies
Keith Griffin
Dept of Economics, University of California at Riverside


This book provides a comprehensive account of Development theory and enables students to think critically about the subject.

Dr Godfrey Vincent
Political Science History Dept, Tuskegee University
August 5, 2016

This is an advanced text suitable for Masters, and in some cases, Honours students. We have also managed to work out an affordable price for our students and I am hoping to have this book prescribed for our Development Theory course at the Masters, and potentially Honours, level.

Dr Samantha Leonard
Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
June 8, 2015

This book explores many approaches to development. It examines key concepts and shifts in theory.

Mrs Marion Farnworth
Centre of Health & Childhood Studies, Hopwood Hall College
January 16, 2015

PLEASE NOTE THAT I HAVE CHANGED THE COURSE THIS BOOK IS PRESCRIBED FOR: IT WILL NOW BE PRESCRIBED FOR DEV401 - DEVELOPMENT THEORY.

I initially ordered this book with my second year undergrad course in mind. However, due to the more advanced nature of this book I have decided to adopt it as a prescribed text for my Honours course in Dev studies.
As always, Pieterse has provided a sound overview of current development theory and trends. The book highlights important discourse in current Development Theory and each chapter can be used as a starting block for initiating further insight into current controversy and trends.

Dr Samantha Leonard
Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
May 20, 2013

I initially ordered this book with my second year undergrad course in mind. However, due to the more advanced nature of this book I have decided to adopt it as a prescribed text for my Honours course in Dev studies.
As always, Pieterse has provided a sound overview of current development theory and trends. The book highlights important discourse in current Development Theory and each chapter can be used as a starting block for initiating further insight into current controversy and trends.

Dr Samantha Leonard
Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
May 20, 2013

Development Theory provides a comprehensive analysis of development discourse taking into account a wide range of relevant concepts. This text will support students to develop a critical insight into development theory and to consider the future of development thinking.

Ms Helen Maher
Department of Social Studies, Carlow College
December 21, 2012

The book is informative--but a little too abstract for an introductory development economics course. Advanced students will be directed to this text, however.

Dr Eric Hinderliter
Business, LCC International University
July 5, 2011

This book provides a very detailed examination of the wide variety of development paradigms. It approaches these in chronological order and looks at each in depth. It is a must for MA students of development and I shall be recommending it as a supplementary course text for my BSc undergraduates. It will soon need updating following the recent challenges to contemporary development ideologies by the popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.

Dr Kevin Cook
Geography, Northampton University
March 3, 2011

An informed and wide ranging book. The chapter on ICT4Development is very useful for my students.

Dr Peter Day
Mass Communications , Brighton University
January 12, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter One


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Jan Nederveen Pieterse

Jan Nederveen Pieterse is Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in globalization, development studies and cultural anthropology. He was previously at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and the University of Amsterdam. He holds a part-time chair at Maastricht University. He currently focuses on new trends in twenty-first-century globalization and the implications of economic crisis. He has been visiting a professor in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, India,... More About Author

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