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Development studies

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Red Creative: Culture and Modernity in China

Red Creative: Culture and Modernity in China

As China's leading economic metropolis and 'most western city' Shanghai in the last twenty years has used culture as a major spur to its ambitions to become a global city. This book is the first systematic investigation of how various 'cultural economy' strategies have been framed and pursued in a Chinese urban context. But Shanghai's modernization, frequently couched in terms of 'catching up with the West' has - like that of China as a whole - developed a momentum and trajectory which has begun to challenge western-centric notions of development. If this has been partially recognised in terms of the axiomatic relations between capitalism and liberal democracy, it has been less so in terms of cultural economy policies whose pursuit has become an index of global modernity. This book engages in the debates on the 'separation' and 'convergence' of culture and economy in a context in which the framework of 'Euro-modernity' is being increasingly challenged.

Indigenous Peoples and the Capability Approach

Indigenous Peoples and the Capability Approach

Author: Krushil (Massey University, New Zealand) Watene, Mandy Yap, Erika Bockstael Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Despite some achievements gained during the indigenous struggle for rights and recognition, many indigenous groups continue to fight against unjust social, political, environmental, and historical conditions. Ideas which engage with the lived experiences of communities themselves, such as the human development and capability approach, are crucial if we are to understand the conditions in which the struggle for self-determination take place. Indigenous Peoples and the Capability Approach introduces readers to the human development and capability approach and explores how it might be used to help us to understand the values, needs, and aspirations of indigenous peoples. Split into three handy sections, the book explores the key concepts, methods and applications of the capability approach and indigenous perspectives to well-being and development. Using a range of examples and case studies from Maori, First Nations, Native American, Aboriginal, African, and Asian indigenous communities, the book provides a window into the lived experiences of some of the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in the world. The first book to bring indigenous perspectives into conversation with the capability approach, Indigenous Peoples and the Capability Approach will be essential reading for both students and policy makers with an interest in the well-being and development of indigenous communities.

Digital Tools, Development and the Marginalized

Digital Tools, Development and the Marginalized

Author: JANET (Furman University, USA) KWAMI Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Digital technologies, and in particular mobile phones, have spread widely over the past several decades, reaching populations marginalized from the global economy and other structures of power. Digital Tools, Development and the Marginalized offers an analysis of how groups in several countries in Africa and in rural China self-organize with digital technologies through different forms of association: including small-scale trade, firm-based enterprise, and kin-based social networks. The book presents case studies capturing the diversity of this emergent phenomenon. The topics covered by these case studies include; Ghana's market women and their trade activities, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms and their workers in Kenya's IT industry, household money management and migrant women working in the service sector in Beijing, China as agents of change transferring tools and technical knowledge to their rural home areas. This book is a valuable resource for academics, researchers and students in the areas of sociology, development studies, science and technology studies, international studies, African studies, gender studies, communication studies and global media studies.

Energy and Sustainable Development

Energy and Sustainable Development

Author: Tesfaye Tafesse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Education, Human Development and the Capability Approach

Education, Human Development and the Capability Approach

Author: Caroline Sarojini Hart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Development and Large-scale mining in the Asia-Pacific

Development and Large-scale mining in the Asia-Pacific

Author: Glenn (Massey University, New Zealand) Banks Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Large-scale mining is one of the most controversial contemporary development enterprises in the Asia-Pacific. Despite a number of high-profile social, environmental and human rights controversies connected with the mining industry, it continues to be an integral part of the economies and development planning of most countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Focusing on Melanesia, this book looks at a range of issues connected with the mining industry that resonate across the region, relating to environment, corporations, labour, economy, and community. The book presents a rigorous framework for understanding the local effects and responses to the resource extraction operations, building on the existing literature of mining impacts to provide a grounded theoretical approach towards large-scale mining in Melanesia. It uses the insights into the processes of change associated with these large-scale mines to inform current broader debates around development and development processes. The book goes on to argue that the structural representations of the relationship between mining multinationals and local communities which have been used as the basis for policy development, political action and activism over the past decade are no longer appropriate in understanding the nature of the issues at stake. Providing an original and important contribution to debates around resource extraction in the Asia-Pacific region, the book is of use to students and scholars of Asian Studies, Geography and Environment.

Indigenous Peoples and the Capability Approach

Indigenous Peoples and the Capability Approach

Author: Krushil (Massey University, New Zealand) Watene, Mandy Yap, Erika Bockstael Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Despite some achievements gained during the indigenous struggle for rights and recognition, many indigenous groups continue to fight against unjust social, political, environmental, and historical conditions. Ideas which engage with the lived experiences of communities themselves, such as the human development and capability approach, are crucial if we are to understand the conditions in which the struggle for self-determination take place. Indigenous Peoples and the Capability Approach introduces readers to the human development and capability approach and explores how it might be used to help us to understand the values, needs, and aspirations of indigenous peoples. Split into three handy sections, the book explores the key concepts, methods and applications of the capability approach and indigenous perspectives to well-being and development. Using a range of examples and case studies from Maori, First Nations, Native American, Aboriginal, African, and Asian indigenous communities, the book provides a window into the lived experiences of some of the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in the world. The first book to bring indigenous perspectives into conversation with the capability approach, Indigenous Peoples and the Capability Approach will be essential reading for both students and policy makers with an interest in the well-being and development of indigenous communities.

India's Changing Political, Economic and Social Environment

India's Changing Political, Economic and Social Environment

Author: Patricia (Edinburgh University, UK) Jeffery Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This book by one of the most accomplished sociologists working on contemporary Indian society explores the intersections between secular changes in the wider polity and economy of India and beyond. Using the lives of villagers as they progress through the domestic cycle in an area of western Uttar Pradesh, north India as case study to examine key changes in the political, economic and social environment, the authors analyse the impact of these changes at grass-root level. Based on original reserach over twenty years, pre and post liberalisation, this unique book provides a thorough analysis of India's changing environment.

Hunger and Postcolonial Writing

Hunger and Postcolonial Writing

Author: Muzna Rahman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021