Advanced Introduction to Critical Global Development

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Advanced Introduction to Critical Global Development

9781800376090 Edward Elgar Publishing
Uma Kothari, Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, UK and Elise Klein, Associate Professor, The Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Publication Date: July 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80037 609 0 Extent: c 160 pp
This stimulating and accessible Advanced Introduction critically engages with dominant, modernist and ahistorical narratives of development, foregrounding the overlooked dissonant discourses that are largely written out of mainstream development histories. It argues that development discourse and practice must remain aware of how historically unequal relations continue to be reproduced today and outlines a range of effective strategies for guiding change towards achieving global social justice.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

This stimulating and accessible Advanced Introduction critically engages with dominant, modernist, and ahistorical narratives of development, foregrounding the overlooked dissonant discourses that are largely written out of mainstream development histories. It argues that development discourse and practice must remain aware of how historically unequal relations continue to be reproduced today and outlines a range of effective strategies for guiding change towards achieving global social justice.

Features include:
・challenges to the claims of universality evident in much critical development scholarship
・exposure of critical discourses overlooked by conventional development histories
・identification of progressive ways to guide change towards achieving global social justice
・guidance on development approaches and ideas that avoid reproducing colonial forms of representation, knowledge, power, and control
・the foregrounding of critical postcolonial, decolonial and feminist perspectives to identify how progressive possibilities for change can emerge.

This insightful Advanced Introduction will be beneficial to students and scholars of development studies, geography, sociology, anthropology, history and indigenous studies seeking an understanding of unequal global relations, knowledge production, and the exercise of global power and control. Further, it will be of great value to academics and students interested in postcolonialism, contemporary colonial legacies, and processes of decolonisation and decoloniality.
Critical Acclaim
‘Insisting on how much and little has changed, this book dwells simultaneously in the past, present, and future of development discourse and practice. The immediacy and longevity of the insights it provides are devastating and liberatory. Read it and respond.’
– Lisa Palmer, University of Melbourne, Australia

‘This is a text that manages to be pacy and accessible, while staying founded in deep scholarship on the long history and current state of ‘development’. As well as explanation and critique, the book finishes with important ideas about how to make things work better.’
– Emma Mawdsley, University of Cambridge, UK
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