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THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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Sustainable Development in Africa-EU relations

Sustainable Development in Africa-EU relations

Forthcoming

Mark Langan, Sophia Price
June 01, 2018

The European Union has been one of the most vocal advocates of ‘sustainable development’, particularly in its dealings with developing countries. Even prior to the formulation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the EU has insisted upon the need for sustainable approaches to poverty...

Rural Transformations and Agro-Food Systems: The BRICS and Agrarian Change in the Global South

Rural Transformations and Agro-Food Systems: The BRICS and Agrarian Change in the Global South

Forthcoming

Ben M. McKay, Ruth Hall, Juan Liu
May 20, 2018

The economic and political rise of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and Middle-Income Countries (MICs) have important implications for global agrarian transformation. These emerging economies are undergoing profound changes as key sites of the production, circulation, and...

New Mechanisms of Participation in Extractive Governance: Between technologies of governance and resistance work

New Mechanisms of Participation in Extractive Governance: Between technologies of governance and resistance work

Forthcoming

Esben Leifsen, Maria-Therese Gustafsson, Maria Antonieta Guzman-Gallegos, Almut Schilling-Vacaflor
May 15, 2018

The scholarly debate on deliberative democracy often suggests that participatory processes will contribute to make environmental governance not only more legitimate and effective, but also lead to the empowerment of marginalized social groups. Critical studies, however, analyse how technologies of...

Third World Approaches to International Law: On Praxis and the Intellectual

Third World Approaches to International Law: On Praxis and the Intellectual

Usha Natarajan, John Reynolds, Amar Bhatia, Sujith Xavier
December 05, 2017

This book addresses the themes of praxis and the role of international lawyers as intellectuals and political actors engaging with questions of justice for Third World peoples. The book brings together 12 contributions from a total of 15 scholars working in the TWAIL (Third World Approaches to...

Fragility, Aid, and State-building: Understanding Diverse Trajectories

Fragility, Aid, and State-building: Understanding Diverse Trajectories

Rachel M Gisselquist
October 02, 2017

Fragile states pose major development and security challenges. Considerable international resources are therefore devoted to state-building and institutional strengthening in fragile states, with generally mixed results. This volume explores how unpacking the concept of fragility and studying its...

Emerging Powers and the UN: What Kind of Development Partnership?

Emerging Powers and the UN: What Kind of Development Partnership?

Thomas G Weiss, Adriana Erthal Abdenur
June 07, 2017

The post-2015 sustainable development goals and the changing environment for development cooperation requires a renewed and transformed UN system. In line with their increasing significance as economic powers, a growing number of emerging countries will play an expanded role in the UN system, which...

Everyday Energy Politics in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Citizens’ Needs, Entitlements and Struggles for Access

Everyday Energy Politics in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Citizens’ Needs, Entitlements and Struggles for Access

David Gullette, Jeanne Féaux de la Croix
June 07, 2017

The perception of Central Asia and its place in the world has come to be shaped by its large oil and gas reserves. Literature on energy in the region has thus largely focused on related geopolitical issues and national policies. However, little is known about citizens’ needs within this broader...

Corruption in the Aftermath of War

Corruption in the Aftermath of War

Jonas Lindberg, Camilla Orjuela
June 07, 2017

Corruption is a serious concern, one which can undermine state legitimacy, exacerbate inequality, and affect trust between social groups. Such effects are particularly problematic in societies that have gone through violent conflict, and are struggling to rebuild institutions, restore social trust,...

Class Dynamics of Development

Class Dynamics of Development

Jonathan Pattenden, Liam Campling, Satoshi Miyamura, Benjamin Selwyn
June 06, 2017

This book argues that class relations are constitutive of development processes and central to understanding inequality within and between countries. It does so via a transdisciplinary approach that draws on case studies from Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Contributors illustrate and...

Urban Spaces and Lifestyles in Central Asia and Beyond

Urban Spaces and Lifestyles in Central Asia and Beyond

Philipp Schröder
June 01, 2017

This volume contributes new insights to the scientific debate on post-Socialist urbanities. Based on ethnographic research in cities of Central Asia, the Caucasus and Russia, its contributions scrutinise the social production of diverse public, parochial and private spaces in conjunction with...

Diverging Paths of Development in Central Asia: Market Adaptations, Interventions and Daily Experience

Diverging Paths of Development in Central Asia: Market Adaptations, Interventions and Daily Experience

Gül Berna Özcan
May 23, 2017

  Newly gained sovereignty, uneven penetration of neo-liberal ideals and the growth of disparate capitalist markets have elicited varied responses in Central Asia. What does development mean for the political class and for ordinary citizens? What are the effects of new capitalist institutions and...

The Power of Human Rights/The Human Rights of Power

The Power of Human Rights/The Human Rights of Power

Louiza Odysseos, Anna Selmeczi
March 21, 2017

The contributions to this volume eschew the long-held approach of either dismissing human rights as politically compromised or glorifying them as a priori progressive in enabling resistance. Drawing on plural social theoretic and philosophical literatures – and a multiplicity of empirical domains –...

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