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Development In Theory And Practice : Paradigms And Paradoxes, Second Edition - Jan Black

Development In Theory And Practice

Paradigms And Paradoxes, Second Edition

By: Jan Black

Paperback Published: 13th August 1999
ISBN: 9780813334462
Number Of Pages: 331

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As wealthy countries focus more attention on the ravages of poverty and maldistribution of the world's resources, the rationales for what is or is not done in the name of "development" have become more elaborate and abstract. And as the literature has proliferated, communication among those who approach development from different perspectives, disciplines, and professions has become more strained. In this innovative text, Jan Black argues that what is missing is "appropriate theory" that can help place the findings of social scientists and seasoned development practitioners at the service of those who would promote a more equitable and empowering approach to development.In the first section, the author presents the differing and even contradictory definitions of development and the various explanatory models and means of measurement associated with them. This is followed by an analysis of the evolution of development strategies and programs both of the First World--donor countries and organizations--and of Third World leaders, movements, and regional organizations. The author highlights key issues in the development debate of the 1990s, including ecology, refugees, debt, the informal sector, and gender roles. In a final section, she addresses the process of development and illustrates, through a number of vignettes and case studies, the sometimes illusory links between motives and consequences. The second edition includes more paradoxes and case studies and increased coverage of refugees and indigenous peoples. More information on the new states in post-Soviet East and Central Europe is also incorporated.At a time when theoreticians and practitioners appear to occupy different worlds and speak different languages, and when a large number of developing countries seem to be falling into an irreversible cycle of debt and dependency, this book is particularly welcome and compelling.

Illustrationsp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: in Pursuit of Appropriate Theoryp. 1
Notesp. 12
Development in Theory: Meanings and Modelsp. 13
Defining Development and Its Nemesisp. 15
Notesp. 21
Suggested Readingsp. 21
Explaining Development: Theories and Modelsp. 23
Notesp. 36
Suggested Readingsp. 38
Measurements and Findingsp. 40
Notesp. 51
Suggested Readingsp. 52
Development in Practice: Actors and Strategiesp. 53
Donor Strategies and Programsp. 55
Notesp. 89
Suggested Readingsp. 91
Third World Strategiesp. 93
Suggested Readingsp. 116
Notesp. 116
Political Counterparts and Consequencesp. 118
Suggested Readingsp. 137
Notesp. 137
Development in Focus: Contemporary Issues and Themesp. 141
Development and the Gender Gapp. 143
Notesp. 150
Suggested Readingsp. 151
The Fragile Ecology of Mother Earthp. 152
Notesp. 161
Suggested Readingsp. 162
Food Insecurity: Cocaine and Other Cash Cropsp. 164
Notesp. 169
Suggested Readingsp. 170
The Homeless, the Stateless, and the Indigenousp. 171
Notesp. 176
Suggested Readingsp. 177
Macrodebt and Microcreditp. 178
Notesp. 185
Suggested Readingsp. 186
The Process and the Protagonists: Paradoxes of Developmentp. 187
The Process: Games Developers Playp. 189
Notesp. 209
Suggested Readingsp. 210
The Protagonists: Donors, Clients, and Field Agentsp. 212
Notesp. 230
Suggested Readingsp. 231
On Motives and Consequencesp. 233
Notesp. 257
Suggested Readingsp. 258
Conclusion: Leaning on the Limitsp. 260
Notesp. 269
Appendix: Black's Laws of Public Affairs and Paradoxes of Developmentp. 271
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9780813334462
ISBN-10: 0813334462
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 331
Published: 13th August 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition