Geographies of Development: An Introduction to Development by Robert Potter, Tony Binns, Jennifer Elliott, David W. Smith

By Robert Potter, Tony Binns, Jennifer Elliott, David W. Smith

Geographies of improvement: an creation to improvement stories is still a center, balanced and accomplished introductory textbook for college kids of improvement experiences, improvement Geography and similar fields. This transparent and concise text encourages severe engagement by means of integrating conception along perform and comparable key subject matters throughout. It demonstrates informatively that rules bearing on improvement were many and sundry and hugely contested - various every now and then and from position to put. With a brand new color structure and in-chapter good points akin to Key principles, Boxed Case reviews and Summaries, scholars will locate this an easy-to-use textual content for you to concentration them at the most vital details during this region of analysis

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The three basic dimensions are translated into a series of indicators, and these are summed to give a single Human Development Index. This summary measure has come to be used in a wide variety of contexts. For example, the Government of Barbados has recently used the HDI in a number of promotional contexts, basically to show that Barbados is ‘the most highly developed of developing nations’; indeed, one Barbadian administration went so far as to announce that its express aim was to make Barbados a ‘First World’ nation within the foreseeable future (Potter, 2000).

Thinking about the freedoms you most enjoy, do you feel that some of them might be bought at the expense of someone else’s freedoms? 2 Eurocentricity: some principal points of criticism Denigration of other people and places Ideological biases Lack of sensitivity to cultural variation Setting of ethical norms Stereotyping of other people and places Tendency towards deterministic formulations Tendency towards empiricism in analysis Tendency towards male orientation (sexism) Tendency towards reductionism Tendency towards the building of grand theories Underlying tones of racial superiority Unilinearity Universalism As a logical system, Western economics is a closed system .

Indeed, as Chapter 3 indicates, almost all of the major strategies for development have been Eurocentric in origin and in bias, from modernisation through neo-Marxism to the neo-liberal ‘counterrevolution’ of the 1980s. Moreover, it can be argued that all such approaches tend to equate ‘development’ with capitalism (Harriss and Harriss, 1979). Certainly, all were universalist in their assumptions that development is a big issue that needs to be understood through grand theories, or so-called ‘metanarratives’.

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