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An overview of development studies: background paper

Nkurunziza, Emmanuel (2007) An overview of development studies: background paper. RAD Working Papers Series.



The main aim of this background paper is to provide an understanding of the development studies literature and how this has evolved over time, to inform work on the relationships between religions and development, especially for those who are engaging in research on development issues for the first time. Central to this review is an understanding of 'development' and how it has been conceptualised from different perspectives and in different areas. the review starts by examining the meaning of 'development', and different approaches to development, starting from classical understandings to contemporary conceptualisations.The debates leading to the current pre-occupation with 'poverty reduction' are summarised, with a specific section devoted to conceptions of poverty. In section 4, self-styled alternatives to the mainstream areas of development literature are discussed briefly. Finally an outline some areas within the development studies literature that deal with issues of religion/faith is included.

Type of Work:Article
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:International Development Department
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
ID Code:1496

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