Globalization and Human Development (Paperback)

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Globalization and Human Development (Paperback)


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Stories of humans striving for the good life are the focus of this new text from Roni Kay M. O'Dell and Devin K. Joshi, grounding students' understanding of globalization and international development in real human and practical experience. Globalization and Human Development provides a new history and focus to the study of international development, with a concern for how people have been included, or continue to be left out, of the center of development thinking and practice. While many books on international relations ignore the contributions and influence of the Global South, this book incorporates their important contributions, while at the same time recognizing the continued inequalities, and disproportionate power and wealth of these marginalized nations.

This book is the first to examine the globalization of the human development and capability approach (HDCA) as an ideology of international development and an ideology of globalization. It explores the relationship between HDCA and globalization, and the extent to which the HDCA has been globalizing. Further, the authors' analysis looks at:

  • How certain HDCA ideas are promoted, discussed, and cited more often than those stemming from neoliberalism and other development paradigms
  • How the HDCA was influenced by development thinking in the Global South during the Cold War, along with mobilizations to end all forms of colonialism, neocolonialism, and imperialism
  • Why the HDCA has re-oriented global development thinking and practice away from state-centric and profit-focused development models fixated on GDP growth to prioritize individual well-being and freedoms.
Roni Kay M. O'Dell is Associate Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Political Science and Global Studies Programs at Seton Hill University (SHU). Her recent book is Global Politics: A Toolkit for Learners, written with Sasha Breger Bush. Her published peer reviewed articles appear in International Studies Perspectives, Journal of Human Rights Practice, and Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and IOs, among others. She is the main advisor for SHU's award-winning Model UN program and is actively involved in organizations that support the UN, which currently includes positions on the ACUNS Board (Co-Treasurer) and the Human Development and Capabilities Association Executive Council (Director at Large). Devin K. Joshi is Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University and a recipient of the Lee Kong Chian Fellowship. His research interests include globalization, ideology, and human development. He is co-author of the book Strengthening Governance Globally: Forecasting the Next 50 Years and has written over fifty academic journal articles and book chapters. His articles appear in journals such as Globalizations, International Studies Quarterly, World Development, Journal of Peace Research, and Journal of Human Development and Capabilities.
Product Details ISBN: 9781538164150
ISBN-10: 1538164159
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: January 29th, 2024
Pages: 276
Language: English
Series: Globalization