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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.

Ferguson, J., 1990. The anti-politics machine:'development', depoliticization and bureaucratic power in Lesotho. CUP Archive.

Figlan, L., Mavuso, R., Ngema, B., Nsibande, Z., Sibisi, S. and Zikode, S., 2009. Living learning. Pietermaritzburg: Church Land Programme.

Meagher, K., 2010. Identity economics: social networks & the informal economy in Nigeria. Boydell & Brewer Ltd.

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.

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.

Goetz, A.M. and Gupta, R.S., 1996. Who takes the credit? Gender, power, and control over loan use in rural credit programs in Bangladesh. World development24(1), pp.45-63.

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 Ltd..

Li, T.M., 2007. The will to improve: Governmentality, development, and the practice of politics. Duke University Press.

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

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