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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2012

by Katherine Boo

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life...


The World That Changes the World: How Philanthropy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Are Transforming the Social Ecosystem

by Willie Cheng & Sharifah Mohamed

If there is an X PRIZE for collaborative thought leadership of the social ecosystem, this book would get it.

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis

Chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation

The World that Changes the World is thought...


Time Use Studies and Unpaid Care Work

by Debbie Budlender

Across the world, unpaid care work - unpaid housework, care of persons, and 'volunteer' work - is done predominantly by women. This book presents and compares unpaid care work patterns in seven different countries....


Senegal Sojourn: Selections from One Teacher's Journal

by M. Kathleen Madigan

Senegal Sojourn: Selections from One Teacher's Journal is a personal account of everyday interaction while collaborating for a year with foreign language teachers and writers of fiction in Dakar. A unique and...


Contesting Development: Participatory Projects and Local Conflict Dynamics in Indonesia

by Mr. Patrick Barron & Mr. Michael Woolcock

This pathbreaking book analyzes a highly successful participatory development program in Indonesia, exploring its distinctive origins and design principles and its impacts on local conflict dynamics and social...


Socio-Analytic Dialogue: Incorporating Psychosocial Dynamics Into Public Policies

by Bruno Boccara

Bruno Boccara’s Socio-Analytic Dialogue develops a new framework for analyzing public policy that incorporates complex and changing psychosocial issues, in particular those related to the societal unconscious....


Crossroads And/Or Illusions: Coping with Plug & Play Ideology

by Aleksandar Krzavac

In Crossroads and/or Illusions Aleksandar Krzavac addresses some of hot issues of modern world. It looks that 21st century problems in economy and politics are tried to be solved by tools of 19th century. Can...


Capital: The Eruption of Delhi

by Rana Dasgupta

In Capital, Commonwealth Prize-winning author Rana Dasgupta examines one of the great trends of our time: the expansion of the global elite. Capital is an intimate portrait of the city of Delhi which bears witness...


Making Up the Difference: Women, Beauty, and Direct Selling in Ecuador

by Erynn Casanova

Globalization and economic restructuring have decimated formal jobs in developing countries, pushing many women into informal employment such as direct selling of cosmetics, perfume, and other personal care...


The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy

by Zaid Al-Ali

Many Westerners have offered interpretations of Iraq’s nation-building progress in the wake of the 2003 war and the eventual withdrawal of American troops from the country, but little has been written by...


Wives, Mistresses and Matriarchs: Asian women today

by Louise Williams

These are the untold, true stories of the women of Asia, the stories of Prime Ministers, factory labourers, business magnates, mistresses and prostitutes in a region which is facing the most profound social...


Higher Education in the Global Age: Policy, Practice and Promise in Emerging Societies

by Daniel Araya & Peter Marber

Discussions on globalization now routinely focus on the economic impact of developing countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and Latin America. Only twenty-five years ago, many developing...


Southeast Asia and the Civil Society Gaze: Scoping a Contested Concept in Cambodia and Vietnam

by Gabi Waibel, Judith Ehlert & Hart N. Feuer

As developing countries with recent histories of isolation and extreme poverty, followed by restoration and reform, both Cambodia and Vietnam have seen new opportunities and demands for non-state actors to engage...


A Girl's Life in Moon River Village, Thailand

by Ted Gugelyk

Village girls torn between two worlds indulge in sex at a very early age. Teen age pregnancy, drug use, dropping out of school and running away from home have become common. Extended families once dependent...


Securing Africa: Local Crises and Foreign Interventions

by Toyin Falola & Charles Thomas

Africa has been and currently is the site of numerous conflicts and crises. Authors previously wrote of these as specifically African problems or the problems of Europeans in Africa, but newer scholarship on...


The Paradigm of International Social Development: Ideologies, Development Systems and Policy Approaches

by Murli Desai

This book takes a historical approach to analyse ideologies, policy approaches and development systems that have constructed the paradigm of international social development. It aims to review the social construction...


Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility: Global Report on Human Settlements 2013

by Un-Habitat

This new report of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the world's leading authority on urban issues, provides some thought-provoking insights and policy recommendations on how to plan...


Understand Poverty & Well-Being: Bridging the Disciplines

by David Hulme & John Toye

Written by a multi-disciplinary team of contributors, this collection explores the different dimensions of well being, poverty and inequality.

A person's sense of well being is compounded of many elements including...


Quarterly Essay 2 Appeasing Jakarta: Australia's Complicity in the East Timor Tragedy

by John Birmingham

In the second Quarterly Essay, John Birmingham takes apart the folly of twenty-five years of Australian policy on East Timor. How did Gough Whitlam and Richard Woolcott in 1975 saddle this country with a policy...


The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption, and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India

by James Astill

To understand modern India, one must look at the business of cricket within the country.

When Lalit Modi--an Indian businessman with a criminal record, a history of failed business ventures, and a reputation...