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Development and Social Change
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Development and Social Change
A Global Perspective

Seventh Edition


January 2021 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective describes the dramatic acceleration of the global and political economy in four parts: colonialism, the development era, the current era of globalization, and global counter-movements for equity and sustainability. Esteemed authors McMichael and Weber use case studies to help students make sense of a complex world in transition and explain how globalization became part of public discourse. Students are encouraged to see global development as a contested historical project, not simply a story about inevitable "progress." By showing students how development stems from unequal power relationships among nations, often with planet-threatening environmental outcomes, this text enables readers to see themselves as global citizens whose consumption decisions have real implications.
 
Chapter 1: Development
 
PART I: The Development Project (Late 1940s to Early 1970s)
 
Chapter 2: Instituting the Development Project
 
Chapter 3: The Development Project
 
PART II: The Globalization Project (1980s to 2000s)
 
Chapter 4: Instituting the Globalization Project
 
Chapter 5: The Globalization Project: processes, experiences and implications
 
Chapter 6: Global Countermovements
 
PART III: Millennial Reckonings (2000s to Present)
 
Chapter 7: The Globalization Project in Crisis
 
Chapter 8: Development Climate, or The Nature of Development
 
Chapter 9: Public and Local Green Initiatives
 
Chapter 10: Towards Sustainable Development?
Key features
New co-author Heloise Weber from the University of Queensland brings her expertise on international relations and the politics of development to the text.

Ch. 1 has been revised to emphasize contemporary challenges--rising material impoverishment, struggles for racial equality and justice, ecological despoliation--and to connect these challenges to Modernization Theory

Ch. 2 incorporates recent critical revisions of the Eurocentric framing of development and notions of progress and backwardness.

Ch. 3 contains new material on Third World challenges to the colonial division of labor.

Ch. 5 has been reorganized to include aspects of Ch. 4 from the previous edition (Globalizing Developments), and contains new case studies to illustrate core political shifts.

Ch. 6 includes updates to global counter-movements: environmentalism, feminism, food sovereignty.

Ch. 7 updates a number of crises in the development project, focusing on austerity policies, associated legitimacy questions, and geopolitical divisions as the American Century winds down.

Ch. 8 and Ch. 9 have been reoriented around development in the context of the current climate emergency, and "green" initiative in urban and rural areas.

Ch. 10 now evaluates a number of emerging sustainable development paradigms, and possibilities for building a coordinated, coherent and just future for all peoples across the world.

KEY FEATURES:
  • A world-historical perspective that situates globalization in the declining fortunes of the postwar development project, and considers current global limits and possibilities.  
  • A political perspective that views development and globalization as discursive practices managed by historic elite groupings, as mechanisms of power and world ordering.
  • An ecological perspective drawing attention to the environmental consequences of development and attempts to reintegrate social life in ecological cycles.
  • An emphasis on resistance and social movements as actors shaping the meaning and direction of global development, in addition to building alternatives.
  • A series of case studies that allow in-depth examination of development/globalization as a contested historical process, not simply a taken-for-granted marker of human progress.

New co-author Heloise Weber from the University of Queensland brings her expertise on international relations and the politics of development to the text.

Ch. 1 has been revised to emphasize contemporary challenges--rising material impoverishment, struggles for racial equality and justice, ecological despoliation--and to connect these challenges to Modernization Theory

Ch. 2 incorporates recent critical revisions of the Eurocentric framing of development and notions of progress and backwardness.

Ch. 3 contains new material on Third World challenges to the colonial division of labor.

Ch. 5 has been reorganized to include aspects of Ch. 4 from the previous edition (Globalizing Developments), and contains new case studies to illustrate core political shifts.

Ch. 6 includes updates to global counter-movements: environmentalism, feminism, food sovereignty.

Ch. 7 updates a number of crises in the development project, focusing on austerity policies, associated legitimacy questions, and geopolitical divisions as the American Century winds down.

Ch. 8 and Ch. 9 have been reoriented around development in the context of the current climate emergency, and "green" initiative in urban and rural areas.

Ch. 10 now evaluates a number of emerging sustainable development paradigms, and possibilities for building a coordinated, coherent and just future for all peoples across the world.

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