Contesting Development Critical Struggles for Social Change

ISBN-10: 0415873320
ISBN-13: 9780415873321
Edition: 3rd 2010
Authors: Philip McMichael
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Book details

List price: $33.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 1/19/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

At a time when the development promise is increasingly in question, with dwindling social gains, the vision of modernity is losing its legitimacy and coherence. This moment is observable through the lens of critical struggles of those who experience disempowerment, displacement and development contradictions.In this book, case studies serve as an effective means of teaching key concepts and theories in the sociology of development. This collection of cases, all original and never previously published and with framing essays by Phillip McMichael, has been written with this purpose in mind.An important additional feature is that the book as a whole reveals the limiting assumptions of development and suggests alternate conditions of possibility for social existence in the world today. In that sense, the book pushes the boundaries of thinking about development and makes an important theoretical contribution to the literature.

Philip McMichael grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, and is an International Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University. His book Settlers and The Agrarian Question: Foundations of Capitalism in Colonial Australia (Cambridge University Press, �1984) won the 1995 Social Science History Association's Allan Sharlin Memorial Award. He has also edited The Global Restructuring of Agro-Food Systems (Cornell University Press, �1994), Food and Agrarian Orders in the World Economy (Praeger, �1995), New Directions in the Sociology of Global Development (Emerald, �2005), and Contesting Development: Critical Struggles for Social Change (Routledge, �2010). He has served as Director of Cornell University's International Political Economy Program, as Chair of the American Sociological Association's Political Economy of the World-System Section, and President of the Research Committee on the Sociology of Agriculture and Food for the International Sociological Association. And he has recently worked with the FAO, IATP and UNRISD, the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty, and the international peasant coalition, La V�a Campesina.

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