Southern Exposure: International Development and the Global South in the Twenty-First Century

Southern Exposure: International Development and the Global South in the Twenty-First Century

Southern Exposure: International Development and the Global South in the Twenty-First Century

Southern Exposure: International Development and the Global South in the Twenty-First Century

Synopsis

• An issues-based approach to global change from a Southern perspective

• A popular introductory text on contemporary development issues

• A great companion to John Isbister's Promises Not Kept

• Replete with illustrative case studies

In this era of rapid globalization, increasing poverty and inequality are creating fertile fields for anger, despair, and violence. This introductory text addresses key political and economic challenges facing Southern countries as they engage with the global system. Through the eyes of ordinary people in the Global South, such as small farmers in Kenya and garment workers in Bangladesh, Thomas-Slayter identifies critical issues that will shape twenty-first century development.

Excerpt

Southern Exposure is based on two premises: that poverty and inequality in the countries of the Global South are increasing in this era of rapid globalization and that they are among our most urgent problems today, lending themselves not only to unspeakable misery, but also providing fertile fields for anger, hostility, and violence. My approach is to examine processes of global change from the perspectives of people of the South. I hope to bring to center stage the issues faced largely by ordinary citizens rather than those of elites, those who are Western-educated, or Northerners. This is not to suggest that the fisherman in Maine is not as important as the one from the Philippines, that a taxi driver in London isn’t facing problems as serious to him as those of the matatu driver in Kenya, or that the garment workers in San Francisco do not need many improvements in the workplace, although they likely already work in safer conditions than those provided in many of the sweatshops in Bangladesh.

Southern Exposure grows out of my involvement in the development field for more than thirty years, which has involved teaching and administration in a graduate and undergraduate program in international development at Clark University, a small, innovative New England university with a diverse student body and a strong focus on international and environmental issues. I also have a long-term association with Oxfam America, a non-governmental development and relief organization based in Boston and affiliated with Oxfam International. I have served on the board of directors of Oxfam America and have been involved, as well, with other organizations engaged in international development work. Living in four countries in Asia and Africa for over ten years has shaped many of my viewpoints. In addition, I have conducted a number of short-term research activities that have taken me to various corners of the globe. Whether interviewing members of a fishing cooperative on a remote island in the Philippines, working with children in an after-school program in Sri Lanka, meeting with elders in Nepal, or helping women in rural Kenya repair a feeder road, I have had the . . .

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