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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Reading Recommendations

International Development is concerned with the pursuit of 'good change' but who gets to decide what that 'good change' is? Or how it should happen? We explore this whilst deepening your regional expertise on Africa, in all its socio-cultural, political and economic diversity. Any reading recommendations would be reductionist but here are a few texts to give you a flavour of what you will be exploring:

Fanon, F., Sartre, J.P. and Farrington, C., 1963. The wretched of the earth (Vol. 36). New York: Grove Press.

Mkandawire, T., 2001. Thinking about developmental states in Africa. Cambridge journal of economics25(3), pp.289-314.

Nugent, P., 2012. Africa since independence. Palgrave Macmillan.

Sabaratnam, M., 2017. Decolonising Intervention: International Statebuilding in Mozambique. Rowan & Littlefield

Shipton, P., 2010. Credit between cultures: farmers, financiers, and misunderstanding in Africa. Yale University Press.

West, H., 2005. Kupilikula: governance and the invisible realm in Mozambique. University of Chicago Press.

Here are some broader texts on international development that intersect with the debates above: 

Cornwall, A. and Whitehead, A., 2007. Feminisms in development: contradictions, contestations and challenges. Zed Books.

Jad, I., 2008. The Demobilization of Women's Movements: The Case of Palestine. AWID (Association for Women's rights In Development).

Kothari, U. ed., 2016. A radical history of development studies: Individuals, institutions and ideologies. Zed Books.

Loomba, A., 2015. Colonialism/postcolonialism. Routledge.

Wilson, K., 2013. Race, racism and development: Interrogating history, discourse and practice. Zed Books Ltd..