In his Fifth Edition of "Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective", author Philip McMichael examines the project of globalization and its instabilities (climate, energy, food, financial crises) through the lens of development and its origins in the colonial project. The book continues to help students make sense of a complex world in transition and explains how globalization became part of public discourse.
Filled with case studies, this text makes the intricacies of globalization concrete, meaningful, and clear for students and moves them away from simple social evolutionary views, encouraging them to connect social change, development policies, global inequalities and social movements. The book challenges students to see themselves as global citizens whose consumption decisions have real social and ecological implications.
I'm highly impressed with the author's breadth of knowledge. And my students love this book.
- Julie Guthman, University of California, Santa Cruz
"I like this book a great deal. It is well-organized and the author writes in a style that works well for students that are not sociology majors and perhaps are starting their undergraduate careers."
- Syndee Knight, Indiana University
"Is a very good supplementary guide for students undertaking the Modernisation and Social Change module."
- Mrs Danielle Douglas, School of Humanities, Waterford Institute of Technology
"Brilliant, everything you want for a from a book of this nature."
- Mrs Lucinda Richardson, Ctr for Tourism, Consumer & Food Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
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