Globalising Rural Development : Competing Paradigms and Emerging Realities

Edited by M.C. Behera, Sage, 2006, 462 p, ISBN : 817829625X, $55.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Globalising Rural Development : Competing Paradigms and Emerging Realities/edited by M.C. Behera

Contents: Preface. I. Globalisation: whither rural development: An introduction/M.C. Behera. II. Globalisation, state and NGOs: 1. The state and rural development: ideologies and an agenda for the 1990s/Robert Chambers. 2. State restructuring and rural development in South Africa/Maano Ramutsindela. 3. Rural development in the era of globalisation: fragmented realities/Farida Akhter. 4. Rural development issues in Nigeria in the era of globalisation: an overview/S. Tunji Titilola and Femi Ogundele. 5. Enwrapped by Thai development: the sedentarisation process of a hunting and gathering people of South Thailand/Nathan Porath. 6. Non-Governmental Organisations in rural development/Damodar Suar, Laxmi Bilash Hota and Himadri Sinha. 7. The NGO debate in 'Development': a review/Mokbul Morshed Ahmad. III. Sustainability and endogenous rural development: concepts and strategies: 8. Sustainable livelihood and rural development in South Asia: issues, concerns and general implications/Binayak Rajbhandari. 9. Systems of local self-administration after agricultural transformation: experiences of a Local Resource Management Project in East Germany/Lutz Laschewski. 10. Repertoires and strategies in European (Neo-) endogenous rural development/Christopher Ray. 11. Leader, a new social order, and the Central- and East-European countries/Imre Kovach. 12. Indigenous self-development in practice: Tackling crisis in Swidden farming among the Buhid of Mindoro, Philippines/Christian Erni. IV. Participation, gender, poverty and food security: policy issues: 13. Engendering participatory development in the analysis of household food security: small-scale farmers in the Vihiga District of Kenya/Eliud Wandabwa Wakwabubi. 14. Critically evaluating rural women's participation and empowerment: an interdisciplinary feminist framework for research and analysis/June Lennie. 15. Level of empowerment of rural women: lessons from the field/Pradip K. Bhowmick. 16. Social forestry, poverty reduction and rural development in Bangladesh: a sociological exploration/Niaz Ahmed Khan. 17. Poverty alleviation programmes in rural India: a critical assessment/Sibranjan Misra. Conclusion. Index.

"Ever since rural development emerged as an independent field of inquiry in the 1950s, it has been subjected to man changes in emphasis and ideology. These changing perspectives have resulted in shifts in policies and programmes and have influenced the international discourse on rural development. The recently initiated process of globalisation has brought in its wake yet more rethinking on the most appropriate approach to rural development.

Conceived against this background, this volume examines the impact of the changing paradigm of rural development on poverty alleviation, equity, gender, food security, employment and sustainability. The volume's major concern is: Can the goals of rural development be achieved in a globalised world?

The central argument is that the new paradigm of rural development reflects the core-periphery dichotomy, in which the core imposes on the periphery--in a top down approach--in all major interventions. As a result, maintain the contributors, the new paradigm is ridden with limitations in addressing the highly differentiated needs and contexts of rural development both in developing and developed countries.

Divided into four sections including the introduction, the volume:

Examines the inherently contradictory relationship between the new development paradigm and the goals of rural development;
Studies the new roles of the state and state-led interventions in the context of globalisation, and the role and potential of NGOs in rural development;
Highlights the rural livelihood framework and the impact of endogenous efforts at rural development in various European and Asian countries; and,
Presents participatory methods for addressing problems like food security, women's empowerment, and poverty alleviation.

Drawing upon the experiences of a number of countries--including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, East Germany, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Thailand and India--the volume identifies the commonalities and differences in prevailing approaches to rural development. It will be of considerable interest to students and scholars of development studies, economics and anthropology, and to policy-makers and professionals in the field."

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