At a time when the development promise is increasingly in question, with dwindling social gains, the vision of modernity is losing its legitimacy and coherence. This moment is observable through the lens of critical struggles of those who experience disempowerment, displacement and development contradictions.

In this book, case studies serve as an effective means of teaching key concepts and theories in the sociology of development. This collection of cases, all original, never previously published and with framing essays by Phillip McMichael, has been written with this purpose in mind.

An important additional feature is that the book as a whole reveals the limiting assumptions of development and suggests alternate conditions of possibility for social existence in the world today. In that sense, the book pushes the boundaries of "thinking about development" and makes an important theoretical contribution to the literature.

1. Changing the Subject of Development  2. Have they Disabled Us? Liquor Production and Grammars of Material Distress in Rural India  3. Cities without Citizens: A Perspective on the Struggle of Abahlali baseMjondolo, the Durban Shackdweller Movement  4. Where does the Rural Educated Person Fit in a Market Society? Negotiating Social Reproduction in Contemporary India  5. Re-imagining the Nature of Development: Biodiversity Conservation and Pastoral Visions in the Northern Areas, Pakistan  6. Marketing and Militarizing Elections? Social Protest, Extractive Security and the De/Legitimation of ‘Civilian Transition’ in Nigeria and Mexico  7. The Land is Changing: Contested Agricultural Narratives in Northern Malawi  8. The Poverty of Neoliberalism in Chiapas, Mexico: Gendered Resistance via Neo-Zapatista Network Politics  9. Corporate Mobilization on the Mato Grosso Soybean Frontier, Brazil  10. Recoveries of Space and Subjectivity in the Shadow of Violence: the Clandestine Politics of Pavement Dwellers in Mumbai  11. Mobilizing Agrarian Citizenship: a New Rural Paradigm for Brazil  12. Demilitarizing Sovereignty: Self-Determination and Anti-Military Base Activism in Okinawa, Japan  13. Decolonizing Knowledge: Education, Inclusion, and the Afro-Brazilian Anti- Racist Struggle  14. Challenging Market Fundamentalisms: the Emergence of ‘Ethics, Cosmovisions, and Spiritualities’ in the World Social Forum  15. Development and its Discontents