Book Series

The following titles first appeared as special theme issues of Development and Change, before being published as books by Blackwell Publishing. They are available from good bookshops and through the Blackwell website.


 

Negotiating Statehood: Politics of Power and Domination in Africa (2011) Tobias Hagmann and Didier Péclard (eds)

Negotiating Statehood presents a new conceptual framework that reveals how state and non-state actors forge statehood in Africa, where these processes occur, and what configurations of state and political authority they produce.

This collection of essays examines the evolution of statehood in eight African countries — Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mozambique, Namibia and Somaliland — and provides a nuanced understanding of the multiple actors, arenas and repertoires that reproduce and recreate statehood.

The authors draw attention to contested institutional processes that defy Western state models and, instead, underline the lively and partly undetermined processes of state failure and formation in Africa.

The Politics of Possession: Property, Authority and Access to Natural Resources (2009) Thomas Sikor and Christian Lund (eds)

Access to resources is often contested and rife with conflict. This holds particularly true in societies characterized by normative pluralism, such as post-colonial and post-socialist countries. This book includes some of the latest theoretical work on the dynamics of access, property and authority. Bringing the debate about access and property to speak to issues of power and authority, it also offers a thought-provoking approach to the study of everyday processes of state formation. Its contributions explore the politics of possession from a wide empirical compass of original research, spanning Latin America, Africa, South-East Asia and Eastern Europe.

 

Gender Myths and Feminist Fables: The Struggle for Interpretive Power in Gender and Development (2007)

Andrea Cornwall, Elizabeth Harrison and Ann Whitehead (eds)
This book explores how bowdlerized and impoverished representations of gender relations have come to be embedded in development policy and practice. Why are the insights from years of feminist gender and development research so often turned into ‘gender myths’ and ‘feminist fables’ — simplifying frameworks and slogans? This collection brings together papers from leading feminist thinkers as they examine the struggles for interpretive power which underlie international development.

 

Twilight Institutions: Public Authority and Local Politics in Africa (2006)
Christian Lund (ed.)

State and society are powerful concepts, but actual public institutions in Africa defy clear-cut distinctions. With formal government often weak and sometimes failing, public authority is dislocated to, or appropriated by, other institutions that endeavour to act as the state. This book investigates how a range of institutions claim legitimacy and seek voluntary compliance to their authority. While there is no shortage of such institutions, none is continuously successful. Fading in and out of power, they operate in the twilight between state and society, between public and private.

 

China’s Limits to Growth: Greening State and Society (2006)
Peter Ho and Eduard B. Vermeer (eds)

This book brings together a multi-disciplinary team of experts to study the environmental challenge posed by China’s phenomenal growth. It reviews the country’s environmental experience with regard to issues such as cleaner production, green car technology, resettlement resulting from dam building, and biotechnology. Moving beyond the traditional dichotomy between alarmist, radical views and moderate notions of incremental change, the book’s contributors suggest that Chinese development presents compelling reasons for rethinking the viability of greening.

 

Catalysing Development? A Debate on Aid (2004)
Jan P. Pronk et al.

In this volume, development aid is put under the microscope. Examining its history, its rationale, and its effectiveness, a group of experts reach some challenging conclusions as to the part aid plays in catalysing, or indeed stifling, development. While some argue that aid remains vital, and must be maintained or increased, others are more sceptical, and fear that it may even prolong underdevelopment in certain circumstances.

 

State Failure, Collapse and Reconstruction (2002)
Jennifer Milliken (ed.)

State collapse in such places as Afghanistan, Somalia and Yugoslavia has led to widespread human suffering, regional instability, and transnational threats of organized crime and international terrorism. This book situates state failure and collapse against the backdrop of the emergence, consolidation, expansion and erosion of the Western state system. It also analyses and critiques contemporary interventions and reconstruction efforts in collapsed states.

 

Forests: Nature, People, Power (2000)
Martin Doornbos, Ashwani Saith and Ben White (eds)
Forests are now highly contested spaces, the arenas of struggles and conflicts, in which both trees and forest dwellers frequently find themselves on the losing side. Focusing on the forests of Africa, Asia and Latin America, this collection questions various received wisdoms concerning deforestation and other aspects of forest landscape history, and offers refreshing new perspectives and insights on a topic of global significance.

 

Gendered Poverty and Well-being (1999)
Shahra Razavi (ed.)

This book critically reflects on some of the key methodological and analytical issues that a gendered analysis of poverty needs to address. It concludes that it is impossible to integrate gender into an understanding of poverty unless the reading of evidence and the analysis are grounded on the relational processes of accumulation and impoverishment. These are foundational issues and have serious implications for public action to reduce or eradicate the different kinds of poverty that men and women experience.

 

Globalization and Identity. Dialectics of Flow and Closure (1998)
Birgit Meyer and Peter Geschiere (eds)

‘Globalization’ and ‘identity’ are an explosive combination. Their varying articulations highlight the paradox that accelerating global flows of goods, persons and images go together with determined efforts towards closure, emphasis on cultural difference and fixing of identities. This collection explores this paradox of ‘flow’ and ‘closure’.

 

Social Futures, Global Visions (1996)
Cynthia Hewitt de Alcántara (ed.)

Is the world heading towards a desolate landscape of disintegrating societies, or towards the construction of new institutions to mitigate violence, reduce poverty and promote peace in a rapidly changing global context? Can trends identified in the near and distant past be helpfully extrapolated to predict the future and to understand the present? This book takes up these and other questions and provides some searching and provocative answers.

 

Development and Environment: Sustaining People and Nature (1994)
Dharam Ghai (ed.)

The contributions to this volume offer a human and social perspective on the processes generating environmental degradation and conservation in the rural areas of the Third World. They analyse key environmental problems and policies within a holistic framework, integrating physical and ecological with economic, social and political processes. They reveal the vital elements of an alternative approach to sustainable development which links livelihood security, environmental protection and community empowerment.