Understanding Development
Understanding Development, 2nd Edition

<i>Understanding Development</i> offers a comprehensive introduction to the multidimensional and evolving nature of international development in the contemporary world.  This new edition has been fully revised and expanded to incorporate the key events, trends and debates that are shaping development today, such as humanitarianism and the global refugee crisis, the growing number of fragile states, and the contested nature of trade and trade deals.  Building on the book's original framework, the second edition also includes three new chapters which explore development in relation to global policy formation, focusing on the end of the UN Millennium Development Goals in 2015 and the start of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which will run until 2030. 

Designed to offer something different to the standard introductions to the topic, this issues-driven text examines the debates that have generated the most interest and passion among practitioners and non-practitioners alike. Always attentive to the contested and plural nature of the field, it makes the case for a genuinely interdisciplinary approach which takes full account of the impact of globalization. Both wide-ranging and critical, <i>Understanding Development</i> is the essential student guide to one of the most challenging subjects of our age.

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  • January 2018 (hb)
    April 2018 (pb)
  • 388 pages
  • 173 x 247 mm / 7 x 10 in
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  • 9781509510504
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  • 9781509510511
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Dr Paul Hopper lectures in humanities, with a research focus on the politics and cultures of globalisation, at the University of Brighton.

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"With three new chapters, this revised and updated edition of Understanding Development is essential reading for anyone wishing to explore the intersection of development, globalization and politics in the contemporary world. Paul Hopper offers an interdisciplinary perspective on vital themes, from poverty to international migration and humanitarianism, drawing from a range of academic and policy materials."
Gareth Jones, London School of Economics

“Dr. Paul Hopper offers an exemplary exploration of the many dimensions and constantly expanding frontiers of international development. Revised and updated, few accounts of this kind provide readers with a more comprehensive look at the field, from theory to practice. Suffused with contemporary events and cases, Understanding Development is a pristine piece of scholarship and is ideal for anyone new to development studies as well as seasoned scholars and practitioners across a broad range of disciplines.”
African Studies Quarterly
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