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Organized Violence

by Dawn Paley & Simon Granovsky-Larsen

Official stories from media centers in New York and Mexico City say that most violence in Latin America is a product of the drug trade. Organized Violence exposes how that narrative serves corporate and state...


Research as Development

by Salla Sariola & Bob Simpson

In Research as Development, Salla Sariola and Bob Simpson show how international collaboration operates in a setting that is typically portrayed as "resource-poor" and "scientifically lagging." Based on their...


Playing the Marginality Game

by Anita Schroven

In Guinea, situated in the background of central government struggles, rural elites use identity politics, through history and contemporary political reforms to maintain their privileges and perpetuate a generation-old...


Rethinking and Unthinking Development

by Busani Mpofu & Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Development has remained elusive in Africa. Through theoretical contributions and case studies focusing on Southern Africa’s former white settler states, South Africa and Zimbabwe, this volume responds to...


The Politics of Education in Developing Countries

by Sam Hickey & Naomi Hossain

Why have many developing countries that have succeeded in expanding access to education made such limited progress on improving learning outcomes? There is a growing recognition that the learning crisis constitutes...


Holocaust Escapees and Global Development

by David Simon

The thousands uprooted and displaced by the Holocaust had a profound cultural impact on the countries in which they sought refuge, with numerous Holocaust escapees attaining prominence as scientists, writers,...


Management by Seclusion

by Glynn Cochrane

50 years ago, World Bank President Robert McNamara promised to end poverty. Alleviation was to rely on economic growth, resulting in higher incomes stimulated by Bank loans processed by deskbound Washington...


Merchants and Colonialism

by Amiya Kumar Bagchi

Amiya Kumar Bagchi’s Merchants and Colonialism is a landmark work in economic history and sociology. The author shows us how colonial rule put traders and manufacturers under immense pressure, forcing them...


The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies

by Victor Faessel, Manfred B. Steger, Mark Juergensmeyer & Saskia Sassen

The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies provides an overview of the emerging field of global studies. Since the end of the Cold War, globalization has been reshaping the modern world, and an array of new scholarship...


Pentecostal Republic

by Ebenezer Obadare

Throughout its history, Nigeria has been plagued by religious divisions. Tensions have only intensified since the restoration of democracy in 1999, with the divide between Christian south and Muslim north playing...


Agricultural Transformation in Ethiopia

by Atakilte Beyene

  • Offers a new perspective on food security and sustainability, two of the most pressing issues currently facing global development efforts.
  • Features a wealth of on-the-ground empirical research from Ethiopian...


Fast Money Schemes

by John Cox

In the late 1990s and early 2000s a wave of Ponzi schemes swept through Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the Solomon Islands. The most notorious scheme, U-Vistract, attracted many thousands of investors, enticing...


An Ethnography of Hunger

by Kristin D Phillips

In An Ethnography of Hunger Kristin D. Phillips examines how rural farmers in central Tanzania negotiate the interconnected projects of subsistence, politics, and rural development. Writing against stereotypical...


Taxing Africa

by Mick Moore, Wilson Prichard & Odd-Helge Fjeldstad

  • The first book to present the issue of taxation and development in accessible terms
  • Authors are acknowledged leading experts in their field, with unique access to a wealth of statistical information
  • Taxation...


Development Planning in South Africa

by John Reynolds

Celebrated as a beacon of democracy and reconciliation, many people in South Africa continue to live in severe poverty. Backed by the United Nations Development Programme, the Eastern Cape province consequently...


Challenges for Humanitarian Intervention

by C. A. J. Coady, Ned Dobos & Sagar Sanyal

Ten new essays critique the practice armed humanitarian intervention, and the 'Responsibility to Protect' doctrine that advocates its use under certain circumstances. The contributors investigate the causes...


It’s Only Blood

by Anna Dahlqvist & Alice E. Olsson

Across the world, 2 billion people experience menstruation, yet menstruation is seen as a mark of shame. We are told not to discuss it in public, that tampons and sanitary pads should be hidden away, the blood...


Food Aid in Sudan

by Susanne Jaspars

  • Totally unique in examining the evolution and effects of food aid practices in one country over a period of more than 50 years.

  • Rich in empirical material - based on extensive interviews with all those involved...

Participation without Democracy

by Garry Rodan

Over the past quarter century new ideologies of participation and representation have proliferated across democratic and non-democratic regimes. In Participation without Democracy, Garry Rodan breaks new conceptual...


A Village Goes Mobile

by Sirpa Tenhunen

In A Village Goes Mobile, Sirpa Tenhunen examines how the mobile telephone has contributed to social change in rural India. Tenhunen's long-term ethnographic fieldwork in West Bengal began before the village...