The fourth, updated and expanded edition of a classic development text, which has both defined and changed its field.
‘If you want to understand the ideological forces that have shaped North-South relations for half a century, you need this remarkable book.’
The book tackles human rights, imperialism, culture, ethnic conflict, HIV/Aids and the role of diasporas, and highlights the latent racialisation in such debates to argue that development can only be understood within a full understanding of the relationship between north and south.
‘This important book breaks the silence on race and racism in development. Kalpana Wilson’s nuanced historical and political analysis goes beyond a narrow critique of the development industry to address broader questions of injustice, making this a book that ought to be essential reading for all students and practitioners of development.’
Andrea Cornwall, Head of School of Global Studies, University of Sussex
A ground breaking book by leading authors that fundamentally challenges the central tenets of development discourse – as relevant today as when it was originally published in 2004.
‘Chang and Grabel’s book takes on even more salience as the world moves from the global financial crisis. The crisis has created new political economies whereby nations and citizens are attempting to “reclaim” their economies for financial stability, inclusive growth, and environmental sustainability. Reclaiming Development remains a key manual for those looking for a more balanced future. It also serves as an important source for arguments that can debunk reactionary efforts to use the crisis as a means to push an agenda of deregulation. Essential reading for policy-makers, students and those in academia.’
Kevin Gallagher, Boston University
A rich compendium of real life scenarios that brings home the realities of climate change impacts today.
‘The Up in Smoke coalition was a remarkable coming-together of environment and development agencies; this book presents their findings, a powerful picture of a world in which climate change is becoming an ever more dangerous reality – and the people least responsible are suffering most from the consequences. But it also provides inspiring stories that show that human ingenuity and endeavour can still point ways to a better future for all this Earth’s inhabitants.’
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International
The author expertly argues that in the current world crisis it is necessary to recover a more holistic vision of development that creates a vocabulary linking more technical (and predominantly economic) aspects of development with more humanistic and ecological goals.
‘In an impressively wide-ranging study of fundamental existential issues, drawing on sources of critical thought from economic and philosophical anthropology, cultural studies and sociology, John Clammer provides a critically engaging analysis of pressing social, economic and environmental concerns which radically reconstitutes our understanding of development and simultaneously demonstrates the progressive political possibilities provided by a profoundly recast cultural turn. This is an important book and deserves to be widely read.’
Barry Smart, University of Portsmouth