Basic Training: Development Studies Primers

This new book brings together leading scholars from around the world to provide an international and interdisciplinary overview of twentieth-century development studies. This comprehensive companion’s one hundred short chapters cover not only thinkers, schools, and movements but also highlight controversies and points of convergence between different disciplinary traditions.

This clear and concise text encourages critical engagement by integrating theory alongside practice and remains a core, balanced and comprehensive introductory textbook for students of Development Studies, Development Geography and related fields.

This book is an exploration of what it is to ‘do’ development studies as a distinct discipline. It introduces and addresses the fundamental questions that everyone engaged with development – whether student, researcher, or practitioner. Accessibly written, with extensive use of case study material, this book is an essential primer for students of development studies who require a concise, penetrating overview of its foundations.
An introduction to the theory and practices of development in the third world, tracing the evolution of development theory over 40 years, and examining why so many of the benefits of development are still not shared by millions.
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