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Development Theory

Development Theory

Second Edition

October 2009 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Written by one of the leading authorities in the field, the Second Edition of this successful book:

  • Situates students in the expanding field of development theory
  • Provides an unrivalled guide to the strengths and weaknesses of competing theoretical approaches
  • Explains key concepts
  • Examines the shifts in theory
  • Offers an agenda for the future

In this book, the author brings a huge range of experience and knowledge about the relationship between the economically advanced and the emerging, developing nations.

Trends in Development Theory
Development in Question

The Status of Development Theory

Meanings of 'Development' over Time

Development Is Struggle

The Development Field

Trends in Development Theory

Dilemmas of Development Discourse: The Crisis of Developmentalism and the Comparative Method
From Evolutionism to Development

Development as Redemption

The Crisis of Developmentalism


From Bipolarity to Polycentrism

The Deconstruction of the West

The Development of Development Theory: Towards Critical Globalism
Notions of Change

Development Theories in the Plural

Modernization Revisited

Critical Globalism

Delinking or Globalization?
The Cultural Turn in Development: Questions of Power
National Culture

Local Culture


Add Culture and Stir

Development and Cultural Liberty

My Paradigm or Yours? Variations on Alternative Development
Alternative Development

Alternative Development Paradigm

Paradigm Politics

Mainstream Development


After Post-Development
Problematizing Poverty


Critique of Modernism and Science

Development as Discourse

Alternatives to Development


Dichotomic Thinking

Politics of Post-Development


Equity and Growth Revisited: From Human Development to Social Development
Social Development

Redistribution with Growth

Lessons of East Asia

Human Development

Lessons of Welfare States

Social Capital


Critical Holism and the Tao of Development
Remedying Remedies

Wholeness, Holism

Contradictions of Modernity

Development and High Modernism

Shortcuts and Other Remedies

Towards the Tao of Development

Digital Capitalism and Development: The Unbearable Lightness of ICT4D
Bridging the Digital Divide

ICT4D as a Package Deal

Digital Capitalism? Cyber Utopia

ICT4D and Development Studies

ICT4D and Development Policy

Futures of Development
Futures of Development Thinking

Development as Collective Learning


Reflexive Modernity, Reflexive Development


Twenty-First Century Globalization and Development
Twenty-First Century Globalization

Turning Points

New Development Era

Development Pluralism

International Development Cooperation

After the Crisis


This is an excellent updated version of an important contribution to development studies. Some of the discussions are difficult for undergraduates but valuable additional reading nevertheless.

Dr Rebecca Schaaf
Department of Geography, Bath Spa University
December 15, 2010

Nederveen Pieterse has accomplished a tremendous work, guiding readers interested in DS through the varieties of development theory. The language is easily to comprehend. Nevertheless, readers should aready have some knowledge of DS. That especially refers to the range of theorists Nederveen Pieterse presents in depth. Thus, he is not only scratching on the surface but really getting into the pros and cons of each DS approach or theory, e.g., modernization theory, marxist designs or alternative development thinking. In the end, he strongly favors a holistic development approach.

Ms Nadine Mensel
Institute for Political Science, Chemnitz University of Technology
November 15, 2010

This is a great book.

Dr Anuradha Mundkur
Centre for Development Studies, Flinders University
November 1, 2009

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