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Challenge of Third World Development

Challenge of Third World Development - 4th edition

Challenge of Third World Development - 4th edition

ISBN13: 9780131930704

ISBN10: 0131930702

Challenge of Third World Development by Howard Handelman - ISBN 9780131930704
Edition: 4TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
International: No
Challenge of Third World Development by Howard Handelman - ISBN 9780131930704

ISBN13: 9780131930704

ISBN10: 0131930702

Edition: 4TH 06

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For undergraduate-level courses in Third World Politics, Comparative Politics, Developing World courses in Political Science, and regional courses on Asia or Latin America.

This text explores political, economic, and social issues common to diverse Third World countries. It stresses the themes of democratization, modernization, and dependency theory, examining the nature of underdevelopment. The text analyzes the major political and socio economic rifts that divide many of these nations and the efforts being made to understand and address these challenges.


  • Events and trends in the developing world--Such as the origins and nature of Al Qaeda (and how its beliefs relate to Islamic thought), the spread and performance of democratic government, and increased women's representation in government.
    • Currency adds to student interest and make the book more ''teachable.''
  • Clearly written and accessible.
    • The book is very ''readable'' for students.
  • The chapters are tied together--By their concern with the central theme of democratization in the Third World.
    • Helps professors have a focus to give their students.
  • Focuses heavily on women's economic and political roles--In the Third World, and on Ethnic and Religious conflicts and issues.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Underdevelopment.

2. Democratic Change and the Change to Democracy.

3. Religion and Politics.

4. The Politics of Cultural Pluralism and Ethnic Conflict.

5. Women and Development.

6. Agrarian Reform and the Politics of Rural Change.

7. Rapid Urbanization and the Politics of the Urban Poor.

8. Revolutionary Change.

9. Soldiers and Politics.

10. The Political Economy of Third World Development.