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Development and Social Change A Global Perspective (Sociology for a New Century), 5th Edition

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 2011-04-27)

“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 2011-04-27)

About the Author

Philip McMichael grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, and is an International Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University. His book Settlers and The Agrarian Question: Foundations of Capitalism in Colonial Australia (Cambridge University Press, ©1984) won the 1995 Social Science History Association’s Allan Sharlin Memorial Award. He has also edited The Global Restructuring of Agro-Food Systems (Cornell University Press, ©1994), Food and Agrarian Orders in the World Economy (Praeger, ©1995), New Directions in the Sociology of Global Development (Emerald, ©2005), and Contesting Development: Critical Struggles for Social Change (Routledge, ©2010). He has served as Director of Cornell University’s International Political Economy Program, as Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Political Economy of the World-System Section, and President of the Research Committee on the Sociology of Agriculture and Food for the International Sociological Association. And he has recently worked with the FAO, IATP and UNRISD, the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty, and the international peasant coalition, La Vía Campesina.

Concise and clear, with many recent case studies. The first two chapters are a historical review of how development was created and implemented. The author mentions many economic writers from around the world. A comprehensive assessment, a multicultural evaluation of how the global community operates today, and what we could face in the near future.

Product Details :

  • Series: Sociology for a New Century
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; Fifth Edition edition (November 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412992079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412992077
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches

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