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Rethinking and Unthinking Development
Perspectives on Inequality and Poverty in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Edited by Busani Mpofu and Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni
288 pages, 11 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-176-5 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (March 2019)
ISBN 978-1-80073-645-0 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (February 2023)
eISBN 978-1-78920-177-2 eBook
Development has remained elusive in Africa. Through theoretical contributions and case studies focusing on Southern Africa’s former white settler states, South Africa and Zimbabwe, this volume responds to the current need to rethink (and unthink) development in the region. The authors explore how Africa can adapt Western development models suited to its political, economic, social and cultural circumstances, while rejecting development practices and discourses based on exploitative capitalist and colonial tendencies. Beyond the legacies of colonialism, the volume also explores other factors impacting development, including regional politics, corruption, poor policies on empowerment and indigenization, and socio-economic and cultural barriers.
Busani Mpofu is Associate Professor in the Development Studies Department, University of South Africa. He researches on Third world urbanisation and the history of African cities, urban poverty, inclusive development, development discourse and theory.
Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is Professor and Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South with Emphasis on Africa and Vice-Dean of Research in the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth in Germany; Professor Extraordinarius in the Department of Leadership and Transformation (DLT) in the Principal & Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the University of South Africa (UNISA); Professor Extraordinarius at the Centre for Gender and African Studies at the University of Free State (UFS) in South Africa; Honorary Professor in the School of Education (Education & Development Studies) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa; Research Associate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa; and Research Associate at The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies at The Open University in the United Kingdom.
Subject: Development StudiesPolitical and Economic Anthropology
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