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World Crisis and Underdevelopment
A Critical Theory of Poverty, Agency, and Coercion


  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108421812

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  • World Crisis and Underdevelopment examines the impact of poverty and other global crises in generating forms of structural coercion that cause agential and societal underdevelopment. It draws from discourse ethics and recognition theory in criticizing injustices and pathologies associated with underdevelopment. Its scope is comprehensive, encompassing discussions about development science, philosophical anthropology, global migration, global capitalism and economic markets, human rights, international legal institutions, democratic politics and legitimation, world religions and secularization, and moral philosophy in its many varieties.

    • An unprecedented, comprehensive synthesis of many different themes and critical theoretical approaches
    • Proposes an interdisciplinary approach that is unprecedented in scope, one that brings together social science, philosophy, migration studies, economics, political science, religion studies, and international law/relations
    • Proposes an accessible summative narrative supplemented by more detailed technical discussions in footnotes
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    'World Crisis and Underdevelopment is an original, illuminating, solid contribution to a normative political philosophy of globalization. Soaring above specialties, Ingram discusses world poverty, migration, markets' misgivings, human rights, global justice, global constitutionalism, the reform of the UN from the angle of a critical theory inspired by Habermas' discourse-ethics and Honneth's theory of recognition.' Alessandro Ferrara, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108421812
    • length: 394 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: poverty and ethics: towards a critical theory of misdevelopment
    Part I. Agency and Development:
    1. Recognition, accountability, and agency
    2. Agency and coercion: empowering the poor through poverty expertise and development policy
    Part II. Global Crisis:
    3. Forced migration: toward a discourse theory of refugees
    4. Imperial power and global political economy: democracy and the limits of capitalism
    Part III. Human Rights:
    5. Human rights and global injustice: institutionalizing the moral claims of agency
    6. Making humanitarian law legitimate: the constitutionalization of global governance
    7. Nationalism, religion, and deliberative democracy: networking cosmopolitan solidarity.

  • Author

    David Ingram, Loyola University, Chicago
    David Ingram is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University, Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego in 1980, where he received his first exposure to critical theory. He is the author of several book. His book, Reason, History, and Politics (1995) was awarded the Alpha Sigma Nu Prize in 1997. His life can be read from these pages as well: he organized boycotts on behalf of the United Farm Workers Union, accompanied Loyola's students on their journey of awakening to Central America and the Caribbean, worked with Guatemalan refugees and community organizers in Chicago, and learned about the possibilities and limits of development while visiting the slums of Kibera with aid providers. He received Casa Guatemala's Human Rights Award in 1998 for sponsoring Guatemalan speakers to visit Loyola.

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