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Development and Social Change


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Chapter 1: Development: Theory and Reality Development: History and Politics Development Theory Social Change Part I: The Development Project (Late 1940s to Early 1970s) Chapter 2: Instituting the Development Project Colonialism Decolonization Decolonization and Development Postwar Decolonization and the Rise of the Third World Ingredients of the Development Project Framing the Development Project Economic Nationalism Chapter 3: The Development Project: International Framework The International Framework Remaking the International Division of Labor The Food-Aid Regime Remaking Third World Agricultures Chapter 4: Globalizing Developments Third World Industrialization in Context Agricultural Globalization Global Finance Part II: The Globalization Project (1980s to 2000s) Chapter 5: Instituting the Globalization Project Securing the Global Market Empire The Debt Regime The Globalization Project Global Governance The World Trade Organization Chapter 6: The Globalization Project in Practice Poverty Governance Outsourcing Displacement Informalization Global Recolonization Chapter 7: Global Countermovements Environmentalism Feminism Food Sovereignty Part III: Millennial Reckonings (2000s to Present) Chapter 8: The Globalization Project in Crisis Social Crisis Legitimacy Crisis Geopolitical Transitions Ecological Crisis Chapter 9: Sustainable Development? The Challenge of Climate Change Responses to the Sustainability Challenge Business as Usual Public Interventions Grassroots Developments Chapter 10: Rethinking Development Development in the Gear of Social Change Paradigm Change

About the Author

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, (c)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, (c)1994), Food and Agrarian Orders in the World Economy (Praeger, (c)1995), New Directions in the Sociology of Global Development (Emerald, (c)2005), and Contesting Development: Critical Struggles for Social Change (Routledge, (c)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 Via Campesina.


"The book does a fantastic job of laying out the history of development, and does so by dividing up different development eras into projects. It is packed with excellent and important information. The "case studies" in the book bring occasionally dry issues to life. And I value the book's overarching attention to inequality at all levels as a way to understand the world." -- Leif Jensen
"I wanted one book that contained everything that I want my students to know. This book contains it all. The historical continuity woven across chapters allows me to teach development exactly like I want to...I like the emphasis on the environment and climate change, and land grabs / land-based investment." -- Cynthia Caron
"The book is very well structured. Difficult concepts are well explained. McMichael makes it very clear what the stages of development are, and brings examples that help students recognize those stages in their own social environment. While reading, students easily find connections between the theory and their observations." -- Olena Leipnik

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