Below is a shortlist of books, that I have found particularly insightful. They cover a range of issues/ideas relevant to my research interests. I have also included the titles of some useful academic journals for learning about development issues and links to some useful websites.


Anderson, B.R., 1991, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, Verso, London; New York.

Anderson, B.R., 1998, The Spectre of Comparisons: Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World, Verso, London; New York.

Bauman, Z., 1998, Work, Consumerism and the New Poor, Open University Press, Buckingham; Philadelphia

Bauman, Z., 2000, Liquid Modernity, Polity Press ; Blackwell, Cambridge, UK; Malden, MA

Bauman, Z., 2004, Wasted Lives: Modernity and its Outcasts, Blackwell, Oxford; Malden, MA.

Bauman, Z., 2007, Consuming life, Polity Press, Cambridge; Malden, MA.

Berger, M.T., 2004, The battle for Asia: From Decolonization to Globalization, RoutledgeCurzon, London

Brautigam, D., 2009, The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa, Oxford University Press, Oxford [England]; New York.

Brenner, N., 2004, New State Spaces: Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood, Oxford University Press, Oxford; New York.

Bunnell, T., 2004, Malaysia, Modernity and the Multimedia Super Corridor: A Critical Geography of Intelligent Landscapes, RoutledgeCurzon, London; New York.

Carothers, T,, and Gramont, D.D., 2013, Development Aid Confronts Politics: The Almost Revolution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Chambers, R. 1983, Rural Development: Putting the Last First, Longman Scientific and Technical, UK.

Chomsky, N., 1999, Profit over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order, Seven Stories Press, New York.

Chomsky, N., Mitchell, P.R. & Schoeffel, J., 2002, Understanding Power: The indispensable Chomsky, New Press, New York.

Chomsky, N. & Barsamian, D., 2013, Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire, Penguin , London.

Chomsky, N., 2012, Occupy, Zuccotti Park Press, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Cooke, B. & Kothari, U. 2001, Participation: The New Tyranny, Zed Books, London

Easterly, W., 2013, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor, Basic Books, USA.

Escobar, A., 1996, Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World, Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Ferguson, J., 1990, The Anti-Politics Machine: 'Development', Depoliticization and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho, Cambridge Uni. Press, London

Ferguson, J., 1999, Expectations of Modernity: Myths and Meanings of Urban Life on the Zambian Copperbelt, University of California Press, Berkeley, Calif

Ferguson, J., 2006, Global shadows : Africa in the Neoliberal World Order, Duke University Press, Durham [N.C.]

Foucault, M. & Faubion, J.D., 2000, Power, New Press ; Distributed by W.W. Norton, New York.

Freire, P., 1998, Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham.  

Freire, P., 2000, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Continuum, New York.

Goldman, M., 2005, Imperial Nature: The World Bank and Struggles for Social Justice in the Age of Globalization, Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn.; London

Gray, J., 2013, The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths, Penguin, London.

Hall, D., Hirsch, P., Li, T. & (Project), C.O.T.A.T.I.S.A., 2011, Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia, University of Hawai`i Press, Honolulu.

Harvey, D., 2005, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, Oxford University Press, Oxford; New York.

Harvey, D., 2012, Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution, Verso, New York.

James, P., Nadarajah, Y., Naive, K. & Stead, S. 2012, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Development: Other Paths for Papua New Guinea, University of Hawai'i Press, USA.

Kapoor, I., 2008, The Postcolonial Politics of Development, Routledge, New York.

Klein, N., 2000, No Logo, Picador, New York.

Klein, N., 2007, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, New York.

Klein, N., 2014, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Simon and Schuster, New York.

Kothari, U. 2005, A Radical History of Development Studies, Zed Books, London

Li, T., 2007, The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics, Duke University Press, Durham.

Mawdsley, E., 2012, From Recipients to Donors: Emerging Powers and the Changing Development Landscape, Zed Books, London; New York

McEwan, C. 2019, Postcolonialism, Decoloniality and Development, Routledge, London.

Mitchell, T., 2002, Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-politics, Modernity, University of California Press, Berkeley.

Nederveen Pieterse, J., 2004, Globalization and Culture: Global Mélange, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Md.

Nederveen Pieterse, J., 2010, Development Theory: Deconstructions/Reconstructions, SAGE, Los Angeles; London.

Norindr, P., 1996, Phantasmatic Indochina: French Colonial Ideology in Architecture, Film, and Literature, Duke University Press, Durham.

Olivier de Sardan, J.-P., 2004, Anthropology and Development: Understanding Contemporary Social Change, Zed, London.

Ong, A., 2006, Neoliberalism As Exception: Mutations in Citizenship and Sovereignty, Duke University Press, Durham [N.C.].

Parfitt, T., 2002, The End of Development?: Modernity, Post-modernity and Development, Pluto Press, London

Piketty, T. & Goldhammer, A., 2014, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Harvard University Press, USA.

Rabinow, P., 1991, The Foucault Reader, Pantheon Books, New York.

Rahnema, M. & Bawtree, V., 1998, The Post-Development Reader, Zed Books, London.

Ramalingam, B., 2015, Aid on the Edge of Chaos, Oxford University Press, London.

Ricketts, A., 2012, The Activists' Handbook: A Step-by-step Guide to Participatory Democracy, Zed Books, London.

Rigg, J., 2016, Challenging Southeast Asian Development: The Shadows of Success, Routledge, New York.

Rigg, J., 2007, An Everyday Geography of the Global South, Routledge, London; New York.

Roy, A. & Ong, A. 2011, Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global, Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, MA.

Said, E.W., 1979, Orientalism, Vintage Books, New York.

Sachs, W., 1992, The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power, Zed Books, London.

Sayer, R.A., 2015, Why We Can't Afford the Rich, Polity Press, UK.

Scott, J.C., 1998, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, Yale University Press, New Haven

Scott, J.C., 2009, The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, Yale University Press, New Haven.

Sen, A., 1999, Development as Freedom, Knopf, New York.

Sen, A., 2009, The Idea of Justice, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass.

Sklair, L., 1994, Capitalism and Development, Routledge, London; New York.

Soja, E.W., 2010, Seeking Spatial Justice, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis.

Sturgeon, J.C., 2005, Border Landscapes: The Politics of Akha Land Use in China and Thailand Culture, Place, and Nature, University of Washington Press, Seattle.

Tsing, A.L., 2005, Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection, Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Walker, A., 1999, The Legend of the Golden Boat: Regulation, Trade and Traders in the Borderlands of Laos, Thailand, China, and Burma, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu.

Winter, T., 2019, Geocultural Power: China's Quest to Revive the Silk Roads for the Twenty-First Century, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Wright, R., 2005, A Short History of Progress, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York.


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