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The Development Reader

Sharad Chari, Stuart Corbridge (eds)
Routledge (31 October 2007)

Bringing together the very best writings; and ordered around the distinction between intentional and immanent 'development', this reader provides a compendium of the very best classical and contemporary writings on development. Adam Smith and Karl Marx meet the recent work of, among others, Robert Wade, Amartya Sen and Jeffrey Sachs. General, section and individual extract introductions guide students through the material and bind the readings into a coherent whole.

Exploring both the contemporary concerns of development studies and the history of the production of development as an idea and a set of practices that have continually evolving for more than 150 years, this text, comprising 50 generous selections, covers four key themes:

  • markets and globalisation
  • liberalism and empire
  • nature and evolutionism
  • race, gender and cultural difference.

Positioning development as a contested intellectual domain at the heart of the social sciences and not confined to the realm of specialists supposedly studying exotic, distant and difficult to understand regions, this text is a valuable tool for students of all levels studying human geography, development studies, development economics and politics and international relations.

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