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Module Reading List Semester 1

Global Inequalities and Development, 2020/21, Semester F08
Dr Lisa Thorley
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

PIED 5256M Global Inequalities in Development- Reading List Semester 1 2021

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General Sources

Brett, E.A. (2008), Reconstructing development theory : international inequality, institutional reform and social emancipation

Brohman, J. (1996), Popular development : rethinking the theory and practice of development

Chant, S. & McIlwaine, C. (2008), Geographies of development in the 21st century : an introduction to the global south

Chari, S & Corbridge, S (eds), 2008, The development reader, Routledge.

Greig, A., Hulme, D. and Turner, M. (2007), Challenging global inequality : development theory and practice in the 21st century, Palgrave Macmillan

Hettne, Bjorn (2009), Thinking about development London: Zed Books.

Hickel, J. (2017) The divide: a brief guide to global inequality and its solutions London: Penguin Random House. 

Hopper, P. (2012), Understanding development : issues and debates

Kambhampati, U. S. (2004), Development and the developing world. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Kingsbury, D, McKay, J, Hunt, J, McGillivray, M & Clarke, M, (2008), International development : issues and challenges, Palgrave McMillan.

Martinussen, J. (1997), Society, state and market : a guide to competing theories of development Zed Books

McCann, G & McCloskey, S (eds), (2003), From the local to the global : key issues in development studies, Pluto Press, London

McMichael, P (2004), Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective (3rd edn), Sage

Nederveen Pieterse, Jan (2010, 2nd edition) Development Theory. London: Sage.

Peet, R. & Hartwick E. (1999), Theories of development Guilford Press

Papaioannou, T. & Butcher, M. (eds) (2013), International development in a changing world

Potter, R., Binns, T. et al. (2008) (3rd. edn.) Geographies of development An Introduction to Development Studies

Rapley, J. (2007), (3rd. edn.) Understanding Development: Theory and Practice in the Third World

Sumner, A. and Tribe, M. (2008), International development studies : theories and methods in research and practice

Willis, K. (2011) (2nd edn.), Theories and practices of development Routledge.

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Perspectives on development

Allen, T. & Thomas, A. (eds.) (2000), Poverty and development into the 21st century

Birch, Ken and Vlad Mykhnenko eds (2010). The rise and fall of neoliberalism : the collapse of an economic order? London: Zed Books

Burnell, P. and Randall, V. (2008), Politics in the Developing World, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Bush, R. (2007) Poverty and neoliberalism : persistence and reproduction in the global south, Pluto.

Collier, P, (2007), The bottom billion : why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Duffield, M. (2007), Development, security and unending war : governing the world of peoples, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Escobar, A. (1995) Encountering development : the making and unmaking of the Third World, Princeton.

Ferguson, J. (1994) The Anti-Politics Machine: Development, Depoliticization and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho. Minnesota Press.

Ferguson, J. (2006) Global shadows : Africa in the neoliberal world order, Duke

Goddard, C. Cronin, P. and Dash, K. (eds), (2003 ), International political economy : state-market relations in a changing global order. (2nd edn),

Goodwin Jeff and James M Jasper eds (2009) The social movements reader : cases and concepts 2nd ed., Wiley Blackwell

Hewitt, T., H. Johnson, and D Wield (1992) Industrialization and development OUP.

Kabeer, N., (1994). Reversed realities : gender hierarchies in development thought London: Verso

Kiely, R, (2007), The new political economy of development : globalization, imperialism, hegemony, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Kothari, U. (ed.) (2005), A radical history of development studies : individuals, institutions and ideologies. Zed Books

Kothari, U. and Minogue, M. (eds.) (2002), Development Theory and Practice- Critical Perspectives, Palgrave.

Lal, D, (2008), Reviving the invisible hand : the case for classical liberalism in the twenty-first century, Princeton University Press.

Lal, D. (2005), In Praise of Empires- Globalization and Order, Palgrave

Mosse, D. (ed) (2005) The aid effect : giving and governing in international development Pluto

Moyo, D. (2008). Dead aid : why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa. London, Allen Lane.

Payne, A. & Phillips, N. (2010), Development

Ravenhill, J (ed.), (2008), Global Political Economy, OUP

Sachs, J, (2005), The End of Poverty- How we can make it happen in our lifetime, Penguin

Sachs, W. (ed.) (1992), The Development Dictionary, Zed Press

Sen, A (1999). Development as Freedom, OUP.

Smith, S, (2005), Ending global poverty : a guide to what works, Palgrave, Basingstoke

Stiglitz, J, (2002), Globalization and its Discontents, Allen Lane

Todaro, M and Smith, S, (2008), Economic Development (8th edition), Addison-Wesley

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Main Journals

These are the main development journals, most of which are in the Leeds University Library and accessible online:

World development.

Development and Change

Development in practice.

European Journal of Development Research.

Journal of agrarian change.

Gender and Development.

Third world quarterly.

Review of international political economy.

New political economy.


New left review.

Monthly review.

There are also a number of regional journals, some are listed below:

Latin American perspectives.

Bulletin of Latin American research.

Journal of Latin American studies.

African Affairs

Journal of modern African studies.

Review of African political economy.

Contemporary Southeast Asia

The Pacific review.

Economic and Political Weekly

South Asia.

Modern Asian Studies

You are strongly advised to do a bibliographic search for journal articles. Use the ' Web of Science ' portal in the library website, using key words to search. Journal articles are more up to date than books and also are a much more efficient source of information. Many journals are available on-line. If the library does not subscribe to a particular journal you can order it through inter-library loan for a small fee (forms available online via library catalogue)

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Electronic sources through the world wide web are also an important source of development information. Listed below are some useful websites, but there are hundreds more. As you progress you should bookmark all the websites you find useful. Google is the best search engine for development websites. Just be careful because, unlike books and journal articles, websites are not peer reviewed for accuracy. Some are very biased and unreliable. This is the website for the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex - this is the biggest UK based Development Studies site for information and search tools. - for up to date information from the UK Department for International Development The is the World Bank"s main site. They have hundreds of papers and reports online. This is the website of the World Development Movement. They publish a lot of highly professional reports - some quite critical of mainstream policy. This is the website of OXFAM, one of the largest UK based NGOs - lots of reports.

Most of the development agencies - UN and NGOs - have a website with their name or initials - after them. Some examples are given below. You can find many more. Save the Children Fund Christian Aid United Nations Development Programme United Nations Research Institute for Social Development The Oneworld network provides access to a huge range of organisations and materials on different development themes.

Also check alternative newswebsite such as CounterpunchTruthdigTruthoutOpendemocracyDemocracynow etc.

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Week 1: Lecture- The Pandemic of Underdevelopment: Race, Climate and Hunger: Inequalities in Global perspective.

Taught by: Prof Ray Bush

Lecture: The Pandemic of Underdevelopment: Race, Climate and Hunger: Inequalities in Global perspective.

Taught by: Professor Ray Bush

This lecture examines the meaning of underdevelopment in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. It explores how and why the pandemic emerged and some of its consequences for global inequalities. In doing so the lecture provides the historical context of underdevelopment, the centrality of race and racism in the promotion and reproduction of inequality and the background to the climate emergency. The lecture highlights why engaging with matters of underdevelopment and inequality matter and what meanings have been attached historically to the development of underdevelopment and what the apparent goals of and routes to development have looked like.

Key readings:

On the pandemic and capitalist development;

Wallace (2020) ‘How Global Agriculture Grew a Pandemic’

Rob Wallace (2016) Big Farms Make Big Flu.

Rob Wallace (2020) ‘Notes on a novel coronavirus’

Rob Wallace (2020) Dead Epidemiologists. On the origins of COVID-19

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg (2020) ‘From biomedical to politico-economic crisis: the food system in times of Covid-19’, Journal of Peasant Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2020.1794843

Haroon Akhram Lodhi (2020) ‘Contemporary Pathogens and the capitalist world food system’, in Canadian Journal of Development Studies

On historical context of race and racism,

Franz Fanon Black Skin, White Masks

Franz Fanon (1963) The Wretched of the Earth, (Chapter 1 Concerning Violence)

Hakim Adi (2018) Pan-Africanism: A history (Chapter 8 Black Power)

Gerald Horne (2020) The Dawning of the Apocalypse (Introduction and Ch8)

Raj Patel and Jason W Moore, (2017) History of the World in Seven Cheap Things

Debating development and underdevelopment;

Furtado (1964) ‘Elements of a Theory of Underdevelopment – the Underdeveloped Structures’ in H Bernstein ed., Underdevelopment and Development    

Amin, S. (2011) Eurocentrism chapters 1 and 4

Amin, S. (2017) ‘The Sovereign Popular Project; The Alternative to Liberal Globalisation  in Journal of Labor and Society vol 20 March, pp7-22

Campling, L., Miyamura, S., Pattenden J. and Selwyn, B. (2016) ‘Class dynamics of

Development: a methodological note’, Third World Quarterly 37, 10, pp1745-1767

John Smith (2016) Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century (Chapters 1 & 10)

Chang, H.J. (2010) 23 things they don't tell you about capitalism. (Thing 4- The Washing machine has changed the world more than the internet has)

Escobar, A. (2015) ‘Degrowth, postdevelopment, and transitions: a preliminary conversation’. Sustainability Science, 10(3), pp.451-462.

Greig et al. (2007) Challenging Global Inequality: Development Theory and practice in the 21st Century, ‘Introduction: the story so far…’

Hulme, D. (2010) Global Poverty: How Global Governance is Failing the Poor, ‘Chapter 1: The history and geography of global poverty’ (also ch.2)

Kingsbury, D. et al. (2012) International Development: Issues and Challenges, Chapter ‘What is Development?

McMichael, P. (2017) 6th ed., Development and Social Change: a global perspective

Pieterse, J.N. (2010) Development Theory: Deconstructions/Reconstructions, ‘Chapter 1: Trends in Development Theory’

Selwyn, B. (2015) ‘Elite Development Theory: a labour centred critique’ Third World Quarterly 37, 5, 781-799

Sumner, A. and Tribe, M. (2008) International Development Studies: theories and methods in research and practice, ‘Chapter 1: What is ‘Development’?’

World Bank (2017) The State of the Poor. Where are the poor and where are the poorest’ available at (2020) ‘An Industry infected’

Jason W. Moore (2015) Capitalism in the Web of Life (Introduction and part IV)

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Week 2: Seminar- Development and the Pandemic

Seminar: Development and the Pandemic

Taught by: Professor Ray Bush

This seminar examines what is meant by ‘development’ and how the meaning of the term may have changed over time. You will explore the range of approaches and how the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic has impacted on the Third World – the low and middle income countries minus China and Russia. You will be asked to draw out the major differences between the approaches. The seminar will give you an opportunity to discuss the authors and their points of view with your peers and prepare a short presentation contrasting viewpoints. You will do this in Breakout Rooms in MicrosoftTeams. You are also asked to report on the consequences of the pandemic for your chosen case study. The discussion forms the basis of your mid-term essay. In the first lecture, you can sign up to review particular authors in preparation for the seminar.

Key readings: In addition to the reading for Lecture 1 see and contrast the perspectives offered by

Rob Wallace (2020) Dead Epidemiologists. On the origins of COVID-19 chapters 1-3

Atkinson, A.B. (2015) Inequality

Chang, H.-J. (2002) Kicking Away the Ladder – Development Strategy in Historical Perspective

Collier, P. (2007) The Bottom Billion

Easterly, W. (2007) The White Man’s Burden   

Escobar, A. (1995) Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

Galeano, E. (1997) ‘To be like them’ in Rahnema and Bawtree The Post-Development Reader   

Glennie, J. (2008) The trouble with aid: why less could mean more for Africa

Green (2008) From Poverty to Power How Active Citizens and Effective States Can Change the World

Hickel, J. (2017) The Divide, Penguin Books.

Hulme, D., Hanlon, J., & Barrientos, A. (2012) Just give money to the poor: The development revolution from the global South

Latouche, S. (2009) Farewell to growth   

Moyo, D. (2009) Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa   

Sachs, J. (2005) The End of Poverty- How we can make it happen in our lifetime   

Selwyn, B. (2017) The Struggle for Development

Sen, A. (1999) Development as Freedom

Shanin, T. (1997) ‘The Idea of Progress’ in Rahnema and Bawtree The Post-Development Reader OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 27/01/2021) 

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Week 3: Lecture Contemporary global political economy: Making sense of neoliberalism.

Taught by: Dr Jörg Wiegratz 

Harvey (2007) ‘Neoliberalism as Creative Destruction’, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 610 (1): 21-44

Fine and Saad-Filho (2017) ‘Thirteen Things You Need to Know About Neoliberalism’, Critical Sociology, 43/4-5, 685-706

Boffo et al. (2019) ‘Neoliberal Capitalism: The Authoritarian Turn’, Socialist Register, Vol 55: A World Turned Upside Down? OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 27/01/2021) 

Harrison (2010) Neoliberal Africa: the impact of global social engineering, ‘Chapter 1: Neoliberalism in Africa, neoliberalism and Africa’

Harrison (2019) ‘Authoritarian neoliberalism and capitalist transformation in Africa: all pain, no gain’, Globalizations 16 (3): 274-88

Carroll et al. (2019) Power, leverage and marketization: the diffusion of neoliberalism from North to South and back again, Globalizations 16 (6): 771-77

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Week 4: Seminar:Drivers of neoliberal change in the Global South: International Organisations.

Taught by: Dr Jörg Wiegratz 

Please refer to Minvera week four seminar. 

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Week 5: Lecture: What does the COVID-19 pandemic reveal about structural inequality, underdevelopment and neoliberalism?

Taught by Dr Owain Williams 

Saad Filho, A. 2020. From COVID-19 to the End of Neoliberalism. Critical SociologyVolume: 46 issue: 4-5, page(s): 477-488.

Solty, I (2020) The bio-economic pandemic and the western working classes. SP: The Bullet, March 24. Available at:

Bregman, R. 2020. The Neoliberal Era is Ending. What Comes Next. The Correspondent.

Sell, S.K. and Williams, O.D., 2020. Health under capitalism: a global political economy of structural pathogenesis. Review of International Political Economy27(1), pp.1-25.

Ortega, Francisco, and Michael Orsini. "Governing COVID-19 without government in Brazil: Ignorance, neoliberal authoritarianism, and the collapse of public health leadership." Global public health 15, no. 9 (2020): 1257-1277.

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Week 6 Seminar- Please refer to Minerva 

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Week 7 Lecture- Lecture: International Health Cooperation on Infectious Diseases

Taught by Markus Fraundorfer

Nicholas B. King (2002), “Security, Disease, Commerce. Ideologies of Post-colonial Global Health”, Social Studies of Science, 32 (5-6), pp. 763 – 789.

Jared Diamond (2003), Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company (chapters 3 and 11).

N. Hays (2009), “The Great Plague Pandemic”, in: The burdens of disease. Epidemics and human response in Western history, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, pp. 37 – 61.

Priscilla Wald (2008), Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, And the Outbreak Narrative, Durham and London: Duke University Press, Chapter 1 (Imagined Communities: The Epidemiology of Belonging).

Michiel Hofman and Sokhieng Au (eds), The Politics of Fear. Médecins Sans Frontières and the West African Ebola Epidemic, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

João Nunes (2016), “Ebola and the production of neglect in global health”, Third World Quarterly, 37 (3), pp. 542 – 556.

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 Week 8 Seminar: International Health Cooperation in the context of COVID-19: the distribution of vaccines

Taught by: Markus Fraundorfer

 von Bogdandy, Armin and Villarreal, Pedro, The Role of International Law in Vaccinating Against COVID-19: Appraising the COVAX Initiative (November 19, 2020). Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2020-46, Available at SSRN: or

Phelan, Eccleston-Turner. “Legal Agreements: Barriers and Enablers to Global Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Access.” The Lancet (British edition) 396, no. 10254 (September 19, 2020): 800–802.

Moon, Suerie (2009), Medicines as Global Public Goods: The Governance of Technological Innovation in the New Era of Global Health, Global Health Governance, II, no.2,

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Week 9 Lecture Women and land in Sub Saharan Africa- The role of patriarchy.

Taught by:Dr Lisa Thorley

Agarwal, B. (1994) A field of one’s own: women and land in South Asia. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press.

Aguilar. A. et al. (2014) Decomposition of gender differentials in agricultural productivity in Ethiopia. Agricultural Economics. 46 (3): 311-334.

Chant, S. (2007) Gender, Generation and Poverty. Exploring the ‘Feminisation of Poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Great Britain. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Cleaver, F. (2002). Masculinities matter! : men, gender, and development . London: Zed Books.

Connell, R. W (2009) Gender. 2nd ed Great Britain. Polity.

Doss, C. et al. (2014) Land, Gender, and Food Security. Feminist Economics. 20 (1): 1-23.

Englert, B. and Daley, E. (2008) Woman’s land rights and Privatization. In: Englert, B and Daley, E. (eds) Women’s Land Rights and Privatization in Eastern Africa. Chippenham, Wiltshire. James Currey. pp 1-17.

Johnson, A. (2005) The Gender Knot: Unravelling our Patriarchal Legacy. 2nd ed. Temple University Press. Philadelphia.

Jackson, S. and Scott, S. (eds) (2002) Gender a Sociological Reader. Routledge. Padstow.

Jacobs, S. (2010) Gender and Agrarian Reforms. New York. Routledge.

Jacobs, S. (2014) Gender, Land and Sexuality: Exploring Connections. International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society. 27 (2): 173-190.

Kandiyoti, D. (1988) Bargaining with Patriarchy. Gender and Society. 2 (3) 274-290.

Kandiyoti, D. (1998) Gender, power and contestation. Rethinking bargaining with patriarchy. In: Jackson, C. and Pearson, R. (eds). Feminist visions of Development. Gender Analysis and PolicyBodmin. Routledge. pp 135-152.

Lindsey, L. (2011) Gender Roles: A Sociological Perspective. 5th ed. Boston. Pearson.

Moser, C. (1993) Gender Planning and Development: Theory, Practice and Training. London.Routledge.

Peterman, A. et al. (2011) Understanding the complexities surrounding gender differences in agricultural productivity in Nigeria and Uganda. Journal of Development studies47 (10): 1482:1509.

Place, F. (2009) Land Tenure and Agricultural Productivity in Africa: A Comparative Analysis of the Economic Literature and Recent Policy Reforms. World Development37 (8): 1326-133.

Quisumbing, A. (1996) Male-Female Differences in Agricultural Productivity: Methodological Issues and Empirical Evidence. World Development. 24 (10): 1579-1595.

Quisumbing, A. and Pandofelli, L. (2009) Promising Approaches to Address the Needs of Poor Female Farmers: Resources, Constraints, and Interventions. World Development38 (4): 581-592.

Razavi, S. (2007) Liberalisation and the Debates on Women’s Access to Land. Third World Quarterly28 (8): 1479-1500.

Walby, S. (1990) Theorizing Patriarchy. Padstow. Basil Blackwell.

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Week 10 Seminar: Women and land- A Ugandan case study

Taught by:Dr Lisa Thorley

Adoko, J. and Levine, S. (2008) How women’s land rights are lost between state and customary law in the Apec District, Northern Uganda. In: Englert, B. and Daley, E. (eds). Women’s Land Rights and Privatization in Eastern Africa. Fountain Publishers. Kampala. pp.101-120.

Asiimwe, J. (2002) Women and the struggle for Land in Uganda. In:  Tripp, A.M and Kwesiga, J.C.(eds) The Women’s Movement in Uganda. History, Challenges, and ProspectsFountain Publishers. Kampala. pp 119-137.

 Asiimwe, J. (2009) Statutory Law, Patriarchy and Inheritance: Home ownership among Widows in Uganda. African Sociology Review. 13 (1): 124-142. Available online

 Bikaako, W. and Ssenkumba, J. (2003) Gender, Land and Rights: Contemporary Contestations in Law, Policy and Practice in Uganda. In: Wanyeki, L. (ed). Women and Land in Africa. Culture, Religion and Realizing Women’s RightsLondon. Zed Books. pp 232-278.  

Dancer, H. (2015) Women, and Justice in Tanzania. Somerset. James Curryey.

Manji, A. (2006) The Politics of Land Reform in Africa: The Communal Tenure to Free MarketsLondon. Zed Books Ltd

Oosterom, M. (2011) Gender and fragile citizenship in Uganda: the case of Acholi women. Gender and Development. 19 (3): 395-408.

Tripp, A.M. (2003) Women’s Movements, Customary Law, and Land Rights in Africa: The Case of Uganda. African Studies Quarterly. 7 (4): 1-19.

This list was last updated on 06/01/2021