Monday, January 28, 2013

Poverty and Development in Latin America Book Just Released

Dear KP Readers,

Henry Veltmeyer and Darcy Tetreault have just released a new Kumarian Press publication entitled Poverty and Development in Latin America.

Poverty is still widespread in Latin America, in spite of over five decades of international development efforts to eradicate it. While some progress was made during the first decade of the new Millennium, at least until the onset of the global food and economic crises, there are still over one hundred and eighty million people in the region who unable to meet their basic needs. This is the ‘poverty problematic’ that is at the center of this book. It addresses what are perhaps the most important questions of our time: What are the root causes of poverty? And how can it be overcome? Also, with regards to the recent progress in the so-called war against poverty, the editors ask: How real is this progress? What or whose actions are responsible for this achievement?

Through a critical analysis of public policies and development pathways, Poverty and Development in Latin America provides nuanced responses to these questions. The major conclusion reached and shared by the editors is that poverty reduction cannot be sustained with an anti-poverty strategy based only on social inclusion and economic assistance, or humanitarian relief. It requires a substantive change in the structure of inequality, and a confrontation of the relations of production and power that sustain this structure.    

The book retails for $29.95 and is available for purchase through Kumarian Press. For interview, exam and/or review requests within North America, send a note to  

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New Pakistan Studies Title To Be Released This February

Dear KP Bookworms,
The global scholarly community concerned with development and social transformation has identified explicit "structural impediments" that constrain countries’ efforts to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable social development. The UNDP, in launching its Millennium Development Goals, contends that there are “practical, proven solutions” to breaking out of the poverty traps that entangle poor countries.

In Pakistan, there has been limited substantive research conducted to identify the unique blend of structural impediments to development that prevail in the country today. Indeed, Pakistan’s prospects to promote viable, sustainable social development appear bleaker today than a decade ago. Development Challenges Confronting Pakistan seeks to rectify this void by bringing together scholars and practitioners to provide a scholarly understanding of the structural impediments, or barriers, that have negative effects on Pakistan’s ability to eliminate poverty, promote social justice and implement policies to promote equity.
This book will be an essential tool for analysis, study and practice. Its publication is indeed a major event in South Asian scholarship.     

Contact the Marketing Associate to request review and/or exam copies or to purchase the book:

Monday, January 14, 2013

Author Events To Attend in January and February

Hi KP Readers,

Our wonderful authors are venturing off to local and international areas to showcase their most recent achievements. Here's a list of places and people to look out for in the coming weeks ahead:

Joseph Hanlon - Chatham House, London, January 31st at 17:00 to 18:00 GMT:  In 2000 Zimbabwe captured headlines around the world when 170,000 black farmers occupied 4,000 white farms. A new book, Zimbabwe Takes Back its Land claims that despite political violence and hyperinflation, the new farmers are doing relatively well, improving their lives and becoming increasingly productive, especially since the US dollar became the local currency. While not minimizing the depredations of the Mugabe government, and accepting that many of President Mugabe's supporters benefited from the ruler's largesse, the book counters the dominant media narratives of oppression and economic stagnation in Zimbabwe.

The speakers, the authors of the book, will argue that the outcome raises important questions for the upcoming elections, and also presents new issues for the international community to consider.

For more information about the event, visit here.

Jeff Unsicker - Bluestockings Bookstore, NY, February 2nd from 7 to 9pm: New KP author, Jeff Unsicker of Confronting Power, will be at Bluestockings Bookstore in NY on February 2nd for a book reading and signing. His event will run from 7-9pm. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

Here's your chance to meet the author!

Darcy Tetreault - Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, February 12th at 5pm: Located in Halifax, NS, Dalhousie University will host a book reading and signing for Darcy Tetreault of Poverty and Development in Latin America. The event is open to the public and will begin promptly on February 12th at 5pm

in the Department of International Studies.

To obtain review and/or exam copies, or to receive more information on these events, contact