Developing Societies in a Changing World

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By Michael Skladany and Rongjun Sun
©2020, 306 pages

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    Developing Societies in a Changing World offers students a concise and accessible exploration of our developing world. Readers learn about globalization, the interconnected nature of our world, and how these connections influence our daily lives. Through the presentation of key concepts, theoretical frameworks, examples, case studies, illustrations, figures, and tables, the text demonstrates how all individuals are actors in both the localized and globalized world.

    The opening chapters present students with basic concepts and empirical findings regarding development and the organization of the developed and developing world. The following chapters provide a chronological sequence of capitalist world development, discussing the advent of colonialism, the nation-states and modern economies that formed post-colonialism, the influence of modernity on prosperity and poverty, and an overview of globalization. Students learn about the relationship between population growth and well-being, the interplay of culture and the environment, and current real-world issues that are bringing about global social change.

    Designed to help students develop a greater understanding of the world and the environment that shapes it, Developing Societies in a Changing World is ideal for introductory courses with focus on developing societies and globalization.

    Michael Skladany is an associate college lecturer at Cleveland State University. Over the past 40 years, he has worked in a number of countries, including Thailand, Rwanda, Peru, and Mexico for various international aid agencies. He teaches courses in developing societies, globalization, and sustainable development.
    Rongjun Sun is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology, Anthropology & Sociology at Cleveland State University, where he teaches courses in methods of social research, quantitative sociological research, developing societies, and the sociology of aging.
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