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Economy-Environment-Development-Knowledge - Ken Cole


By: Ken Cole

Paperback Published: 4th November 1999
ISBN: 9780415162593
Number Of Pages: 320

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As we approach the end of the second millennium, we find ourselves in times of radical social change. Orthodox explanations of the economy, the environment and the development process are unable to provide coherent policies for such issues as employment creation, environmental degradation and social progress.
Economy-Environment-Development-Knowledge provides alternative perspectives on these fundamental aspects of human existence. Economists, environmentalists, and development theorists have so far been unable to agree on the most successful prescriptions to address problems. To understand, contrast and compare alternative understandings of economic, environmental and development issues, we need to be aware why theorists conceptualise the process of social experience so differently.
Part 1 of Economy-Environment-Development-Knowledge addresses the subjective preference, cost-of-production and abstract labour theories of values in economics; Part 2 explains egocentrism, ecocentrism and socioecocentrism as competing theoretical perspectives in environmental theory; Part 3 highlights modernisation theory, structuralist theory and class struggle as ways to account for the process of development and Part 4 examines the generation of knowedge through positivism, paradigms and praxis, legitimating competing perspectives in economics, environmentalist and development. The book concludes by considering why different people find alternative explanations more or less plausible.
By addressing the disagreements between theorists, Economy-Environment-Development-Knowledge provides a unique basis to contrast and compare the plethora of theories of, and policies for, economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and social progress.

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'As a lecturer teaching Development Studies - I have been waiting for this book, there is nothing like it. It is an incredible analysis - quite brilliant.' - Ian Yaxley, Queen Margaret University College

Prologue: What can we know about the world?p. 1
The scientific parameters of social existencep. 5
Economyp. 21
The economyp. 23
The consumer as economic dynamic: the subjective preference theory of valuep. 33
The producer as economic dynamic: the cost-of-production theory of valuep. 49
The citizen as economic dynamic: the abstract labour theory of valuep. 63
Environmentp. 89
Environmentp. 91
The environment as a source of pleasure: egocentrismp. 99
The environment as a productive resource: ecocentrismp. 121
The environment and social evolution: sociocentrismp. 135
Developmentp. 153
Developmentp. 155
Development as the fulfilment of individuals' potentials: modernizationp. 167
Development as fulfilling the technical potentials of cooperation: structuralismp. 183
Development as the fulfilment of people's social potentials: class strugglep. 201
Knowledgep. 217
Knowledgep. 219
What? Identifying events: positivismp. 229
How? Explaining systems: paradigmsp. 237
Why? Understanding processes: praxisp. 245
Intellectual panorama, ideological vision, and political viewp. 257
Epilogue: what do we know about the world?p. 271
Referencesp. 273
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780415162593
ISBN-10: 0415162599
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 4th November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.7  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1