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This exciting book is a tour de force, spanning a broad range of approaches to development. It does not stop at critique, as so many previous books on these issues have done, but offers a unique perspective on future possibilities and the shape of things to come. It should be essential reading on all development studies coursesAndrea CornwallInstitute of Development Studies, The University of Sussex
This book provides a comprehensive account of Development theory and enables students to think critically about the subject.
This is an advanced text suitable for Masters, and in some cases, Honours students. We have also managed to work out an affordable price for our students and I am hoping to have this book prescribed for our Development Theory course at the Masters, and potentially Honours, level.
This book explores many approaches to development. It examines key concepts and shifts in theory.
PLEASE NOTE THAT I HAVE CHANGED THE COURSE THIS BOOK IS PRESCRIBED FOR: IT WILL NOW BE PRESCRIBED FOR DEV401 - DEVELOPMENT THEORY.
I initially ordered this book with my second year undergrad course in mind. However, due to the more advanced nature of this book I have decided to adopt it as a prescribed text for my Honours course in Dev studies.
As always, Pieterse has provided a sound overview of current development theory and trends. The book highlights important discourse in current Development Theory and each chapter can be used as a starting block for initiating further insight into current controversy and trends.
Development Theory provides a comprehensive analysis of development discourse taking into account a wide range of relevant concepts. This text will support students to develop a critical insight into development theory and to consider the future of development thinking.
The book is informative--but a little too abstract for an introductory development economics course. Advanced students will be directed to this text, however.
This book provides a very detailed examination of the wide variety of development paradigms. It approaches these in chronological order and looks at each in depth. It is a must for MA students of development and I shall be recommending it as a supplementary course text for my BSc undergraduates. It will soon need updating following the recent challenges to contemporary development ideologies by the popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.
An informed and wide ranging book. The chapter on ICT4Development is very useful for my students.
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.
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.
This is a great book.
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