Green Development: Environment and Sustainability in a Developing World

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Routledge, 2008 M07 30 - 480 pages

The concept of sustainability lies at the core of the challenge of environment and development and the way governments, business and environmental groups respond to it. Green Development provides a clear and coherent analysis of sustainable development in both theory and practice.

This third edition retains the clear and powerful argument of previous editions, but has been updated to reflect advances in ideas and changes in international policy. Greater attention has been given to political ecology, environmental risk and the environmental impacts of development.

This fully revised third edition discusses:

  • the origins of thinking about sustainability and sustainable development and its evolution to the present day
  • the ideas that dominate mainstream sustainable development (ecological modernization, market environmentalism and environmental economics)
  • the nature and diversity of alternative ideas about sustainability that challenge ‘business as usual’ thinking (for example ecosocialism, ecofeminism, deep ecology and political ecology)
  • the dilemmas of sustainability in the context of dryland degradation, deforestation, biodiversity conservation, dam construction and urban and industrial development
  • the nature of policy choices about the environment and development strategies and between reformist and radical responses to the contemporary global dilemmas.

Green Development offers clear insights into the challenges of environmental sustainability and social and economic development. It is unique in offering a synthesis of theoretical ideas on sustainability and in its coverage of the extensive literature on the environment and development around the world.

This book has proved its value to generations of students as an authoritative, thought-provoking and readable guide to the field of sustainable development.



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Abbreviations and acronyms
1 The dilemma of sustainability
6 Delivering mainstream sustainable development
7 Countercurrents in sustainable development
8 Dryland political ecology
9 Sustainable forests?
10 The politics of preservation
11 Sustainability and river control
12 Industrial and urban hazard
reformism or radicalism?

2 The origins of sustainable development
3 The development of sustainable development
making the mainstream
5 Mainstream sustainable development

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About the author (2008)

Professor Bill Adams has worked for over thirty years on the problems of conservation and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is Moran Professor of Conservation and Development in the Department of Geography at Cambridge. He was awarded the Busk Medal by the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers in 2004. His book Against Extinction: the story of conservation was published in 2004 (Earthscan, London).

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