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Module Reading 2021-22

Global Inequalities and Development, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Lisa Thorley
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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-Global Inequalities- the backstory

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

Willis, (2011) Theories and Practice of Development

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Week 2- The making of today’s market society: capitalist restructuring from the colonial to the neoliberal era.

McMichael (2017) Development and social change: a global perspective, chapter 2: ‘Instituting the development project. 

Bernstein 2000, ch.11. ‘Colonialism, capitalism, development’, in Allen & Thomas, eds. Poverty and Development into the 21st Century. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (LW 16/09/2021) 

Hoogvelt 2001 Globalization and the Postcolonial World: The New Political Economy of Development, ch.1 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (LW 16/09/2021) 

The history of capitalist expansion’; Isbister 2003 Promises not kept: poverty and the betrayal of Third World development, ‘ch.4: Imperialism’)

For neoliberalism see:

  • Harrison (2010) Neoliberal Africa: the impact of global social engineering, ‘Chapter 1: Neoliberalism in Africa, neoliberalism and Africa’ (see also 2005: ‘Economic faith, social project and a misreading of African society: the travails of neoliberalism in Africa’, Third World Quarterly 26(8): 1303-32)
  • Fine and Saad-Filho (2017) ‘Thirteen Things You Need to Know About Neoliberalism’, Critical Sociology, 43/4-5, 685-706
  • Carroll et al. (2019) Power, leverage and marketization: the diffusion of neoliberalism from North to South and back again, Globalizations 16 (6): 771-77
  • Boffo et al. (2019) ‘Neoliberal Capitalism: The Authoritarian Turn’, Socialist Register, Vol 55: A World Turned Upside Down?

See Minerva for more reading



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Week 3- Decolonising Development-Whose Knowledge Counts? 

Dunford R. 2017. Toward a decolonial global ethics. Journal of Global Ethics 13(3): 380-397.

Kothari, A., Salleh, A., Escobar, A., Demaria, F., & Acosta, A. (Eds.). (2019). Pluriverse: A post-development dictionary. Tulika Books and Authorsupfront – please read the introduction and any other chapters of interest, most are very short!

Narayanaswamy L. 2017. Gender, power and knowledge for development. London: Routledge – read the introduction.

Schöneberg, J. 2019. ‘Imagining Postcolonial-Development Studies: Reflections on Positionalities and Research Practices’, in I. Baud, E. Basile, T. Kontinen & S. von Itter (eds), Building Development Studies for the New Millennium, Switzerland: Palgrave/Springer, 97-118.

Tuck E., and Yang K.W. 2012. Decolonization is not a metaphor. Decolonization: Indigeneity, education & society, 1(1): 1-40.

Bhambra G.K. 2014. Postcolonial and decolonial dialogues. Postcolonial Studies. 17(2): 115-121

Escobar, A. (2004). Beyond the Third World: imperial globality, global coloniality and anti-globalisation social movements. Third World Quarterly, 25(1), 207-230.

Fricker M. 2007. Epistemic injustice: power and the ethics of knowing. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Khandaker, K. with L. Narayanaswamy, 2020, ‘The unbearable whiteness of international development: The SDGs and decolonial feminisms’, Blog for series Debating the SDGs, Centre for Global Studies, Ghent University (Belgium), July.

Lal V. 2005. Empire of knowledge: culture and plurality in the global economy. New Delhi: Vistaar Publications.

Lugones M. 2008. The coloniality of gender. Worlds & Knowledges Otherwise 2 (Spring): 1-17.

Narayanaswamy, L. with S. Efange and J. Woodroffe, 2021. ‘Decolonising Aid’, Gender and Development Network, UK (GADN) Policy Brief, June.

Narayanaswamy, J. Schöneberg and the Convivial Thinking Writing Collective (eds), 2020, ‘Special Focus: How do we know the world? Collective engagements with the (de)coloniality of development research and teaching’, Acta Academica, September, OPEN ACCESS – many reflections on decoloniality and HE.

Ndlovu-Gatsheni SJ. 2013. Perhaps decoloniality is the answer? Critical reflections on development from a decolonial epistemic perspective. Editorial Africanus 43(2): 1 – 11.

Tuhiwai Smith L. 2012. Decolonizing methodologies: research and indigenous peoples. University of Otago Press: Dunedin – read the introduction.

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Week 4- What does the COVID-19 pandemic reveal about structural inequality, underdevelopment and neoliberalism?

Saad Filho, A. 2020. From COVID-19 to the End of Neoliberalism. Critical Sociology. Volume: 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.

Franz, T., 2020. Covid-19 and economic development in Latin America. LSE Latin America and Caribbean Blog.

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Week 5- Environmental Inequality: The Plantation

Davis, J. et al. 2019. Anthropocene, Capitalocene, ... Plantationocene?: A manifesto for ecological justice in an age of global crises. Geography Compass 13: 1–15.

Carney, J A. 2021. Subsistence in the Plantationocene: dooryard gardens, Agrobiodiversity, and the subaltern economies of slavery. Journal of Peasant Studies 48(5): 1075-1099.

Wolford, W. 2021. The Plantationocene: a Lusotropical contribution to the theory. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 111(6): 1622-1639

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Week 6- Education in Development: perpetuating, tackling or just changing inequalities?

Freire’s (1970) Pedagogy of the oppressed 

Robeyn’s (2006) summary of ‘models of education’;

Bush and Saltarelli’s (2000) Two Faces of Education in Ethnic Conflict

 Arnove’s (2020) ‘Imagining what education can be post‑COVID‑19’, Prospects Oct 2020, Volume 49

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Week 7- Women’s International Human Rights: Key Concepts and Debates

Required reading:

Additional readings

  • Banda, Fareda(2019) 'The Limits of Law: A Response to Martha C Nussbaum.' In: Fassbender, Bardo and Traisbach, Knut, (eds.), The Limits of Human Rights. Oxford: OUP, pp. 267-279.
  • Bronwyn W. 2006. Religion, culture, and women's human rights: Some general political and theoretical considerations. Women's Studies International Forum. 29, pp. 381–393
  • Bunch, C. 2017. Looking back, looking forward: Women's human rights in global perspective. Women's Rights Law Reporter, 38(3-4), pp. 333-339.
  • Charlesworth, H., Chinkin, C., & Wright, S. 1991. ‘Feminist approaches to international law. American Journal of International Law, 85(4), pp. 613-645.
  • Coomaraswamy, R. 1997. Reinventing international law: Women's rights as human rights in the international community. 23 (3-4), pp.1249-1262.   
  • Donnelly, J. 1984. Cultural relativism and universal human rights. Human Rights Quarterly 6(4), pp. 400-419.
  • Guimei, B. 2019. Women's Rights are Human Rights: A Response to Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin from a Chinese Perspective. In: Fassbender, B. and Knut, T. (eds.) The Limits of Human Rights.Oxford: OUP, pp. 223-229.
  • Grewal, I. 1999. Women's rights as human rights’: Feminist practices, global feminism, and human rights regimes in transnationality. Citizenship Studies. 3(3), pp. 337-354.
  • Knuckey, S., Hoffman, B., Perelman, J., Reddy, G., Ancheita, A., & Jain, M. 2020. Power in Human Rights Advocate and Rightsholder Relationships: Critiques, Reforms, and Challenges. Harvard Human Rights Journal, 33, pp. 1-56.
  • Mclaren M. A. 2021. Decolonizing Feminism Through Intersectional Praxis on Serene Khader’s Decolonizing Universalism. Metaphilosophy. 52 (1), pp 93-110.
  • Mohanty C.T. 2002. Under Western Eyes” Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 28(2), pp 499-535.
  • Okin, S. M.1998. Feminism, Women's Human Rights, and Cultural Differences. Hypatia. 13, (2), pp. 32-52.
  • Penna D. R & Campbell P. J. 1998. Human rights and culture: Beyond universality and relativism. Third World Quarterly. 19(1), pp. 7-27.
  • Duncanson, C. and Farr, V. 2019. Testing the women, peace, and security agenda: The case of Afghanistan. In: Davies S.E. & True, J. (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace and Security. Abingdon: Oxford University Press, pp. 553-568.
  • Singh, S. 2020. In between the ulemas and local warlords in Afghanistan: critical perspectives on the “everyday,” norm translation, and UNSCR 1325. International Feminist Journal of Politics. 22(4), pp. 504-525.
  • Ahmed-Ghosh, H. 2006. Voices of Afghan women: Human rights and economic development. International Feminist Journal of Politics. 8(1), 110-128.

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Week 8- The Global Politics of neglected diseases

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

 Medcalf, A. and Bhattacharya, S. (eds) (2014), Tropical Diseases: Lessons from History, York: University of York / CGHH (Centre for Global Health Histories). Available from

MSF and Drugs for Neglected Diseases Working Group (2001), “Fatal Imbalance. The Crisis in Research and Development for Drugs for Neglected Diseases”, Available from

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

Trouiller, Patrice, Torreele, Els, Olliaro, Piero, White, Nick, Foster, Susan, Wirth, Dyann and Pécoul, Bernard (2001), “Drugs for neglected diseases: a failure of the market and a public health failure?“, Tropical Medicine and International Health, 6 (11), pp. 945-951.

Gascón, Joaquim, Vilasanjuan, Rafael and Lucas, Anna (2014), “The need for global collaboration to tackle hidden public health crisis of Chagas disease“, Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy, 12 (4), pp. 393-395.

Pinazo Delgado, María-Jesús and Joaquim Gascón (eds) (2020), Chagas Disease: A Neglected Tropical Disease, Cham: Springer.

Chapter 2: Alarcón de Noya, B. and Jackson, Y., “Chagas Disease Epidemiology: From Latin America to the World”, pp. 27-36.   

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Week 9- International Cooperation on Freshwater Resources



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Week 10- Is economic globalisation liberating people from inequaility? 

Hickel, Jason. "Is global inequality getting better or worse? A critique of the World Bank’s convergence narrative." Third World Quarterly 38, no. 10 (2017): 2208-2222.  

Phillips, Nicola. "Power and inequality in the global political economy." International Affairs 93, no. 2 (2017): 429-444.

Branko Milanovic, “The Two Faces of Globalization: Against Globalization as We Know It,” World Development 31, 4 (2003): pp. 667-683.  

Griffin PS, 2015, 'Development Institutions and Neoliberal Globalisation', in Shepherd LJ (ed.), Gender Matters in Global Politics, edn. 2nd, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 210 – 233.  

Kabeer, N. (2005) Gender equality and women's empowerment: A critical analysis of the third millennium development goal 1, Gender & Development, 13:1, 13-24, DOI: 10.1080/13552070512331332273 

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Week 11- The role of advocacy in addressing global inequalities

Samuel, J. (2007) ‘Public advocacy and people-centered advocacy: Mobilising for social change’, Development in practice.17(4–5): 615–21. 

Thorley. L. et al (2020) The failure of externally-driven advocacy initiatives to contextualise sub-Saharan “marginalised women” Development in Practice.

This list was last updated on 10/11/2021