Dear Trish and Haroon,
Please could you circulate to CASID members and CJDS readers the
following Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Globalizations on
‘Critical Development Studies and the Study of Globalizations’.
*Call for Papers*
Expressions of Interest are sought for contributions to a proposed
*Special Issue of Globalizations* on the topic of /Critical Development
Studies and the Study of Globalizations: Intersections, Fusions and
Divergences /to be Guest Edited by Professor Paul Bowles (University of
Northern British Columbia, Canada) and Professor Henry Veltmeyer
(Universidad Autόnoma de Zacatecas, Mexico).
Background information on the content and format of the proposed Special
Issue are provided below.
Critical development studies (CDS), as a field of enquiry, operates
within the same timeframe as mainstream or orthodox development studies.
The latter owed its origins to Truman’s famous 1944 doctrine in which
the peoples of the newly termed ‘developing world’ were to escape from
‘underdevelopment’ by following the capitalist road to development. At
each step of its evolution – from modernization theory, to neoliberalism
and the Washington and post-Washington Consensuses – orthodox
development approaches have been challenged by alternatives. These
alternatives have varied in their critiques of capitalism – some more
trenchant or radical than others –that called for its overthrow or as
confronting the very notion of ‘development’ itself, replacing
development in its capitalist form by socialism or some form of
postdevelopment. Taken together, these critiques and proposed
alternatives constitute the field of critical development studies (CDS),
a field concerned with exposing the shortcomings, contradictions and
failures of mainstream orthodoxy (See Veltmeyer and Bowles 2017). But
analytical exposure in itself is not enough to define the field; it is
also premised on the normative search for progressive alternatives that
seek to identify and promote different paths towards human well-being
and planetary sustainability.
As such CDS is a heterogeneous field with no common methodology and firm
boundaries -- and with many debates within it. But, over the course of
nearly six decades it has proven to be a rich field including approaches
as diverse as dependency theory, the social and solidarity economy based
on community based local development, the theory and practice of
developmental states, peasant movement alternatives, various forms of
Marxism, and various permutations of post-development praxis, including
one (‘living well’ in social solidarity and harmony with nature) that
incorporates an indigenous worldview.
As the field has evolved over time, it has had to respond to changes in
orthodox thinking and practice, incorporate new (or perhaps even
rediscover) actors, and analyse the changing material and ideological
processes of capitalism. One of these processes is that of
‘globalization’, which has been conceptualized from diverse orthodox and
critical alternative political economy perspectives. Globalization
erupted in academic discourse in the 1990s (although its roots can be
traced back further, see James and Steger 2014) and has held sway since.
It too has a critical branch not enamoured with the workings of global
capitalism along a number of axis –including political, social, economic
and environmental – and has led to strong counter critiques.
Both of these terms, ‘development’ and ‘globalization’ including their
critical branches, have an all-encompassing tendency, an ability to
subsume within them other approaches and intellectual innovations, even
while displaying trends towards fragmentation at the same time. In
development studies this has become known as the ‘development plus’
syndrome where development is coupled with other concepts to provide
fields such as ‘development and human rights’, ‘gender and development’,
‘environment and development’ -- and often ‘globalization and
development’. (See Angeles 2004). But exactly how the coupled concepts
are linked, and what is contained within the ‘and’, is often left open,
a sign of intellectual exploration at best or laziness at worst.
The study of globalization has similarly colonised a variety of areas
and has been incorporated into many disciplinary and interdisciplinary
endeavours, its multiple facets and processes reflected in the title of
the journal – /Globalizations. / Some of the central concerns of
students of globalizations, such as global-local interactions,
hybridity, scales of action and resistance, inequalities of multiple
kinds, and sites of power, are also central to critical development studies.
Relationships between critical development studies and the study of
globalizations, however, remain underexplored despite their common
interests. This Special Issue examines the connections more closely and
we focus of three particular relationships.
The first we term i/ntersections/, that is, areas where critical
development studies and critical globalization studies address the same
issues and provide similar analyses even if they may do so from
different starting points and using different terminologies.
Intersections represent, therefore, areas of overlap where the
/‘and’/ in ‘globalization and development’ signifies that the two
discourses can be seen as alternative but complementary approaches to
studying the same phenomena and providing similar analytical insights.
At the limit, the two terms might even be used interchangeably.
The second we term /fusion/, that is areas where critical development
studies and critical globalization studies provide different analyses
but which, when combined, both contribute to providing new insights into
how the world works. Fusions represent, therefore, areas of
complementarity where the /‘and’/ in globalization signifies the
addition of new insights from combining the two discourses.
The final relationship we term /divergences/, areas in which the
analyses of critical development studies and critical globalization
studies address different issues and/or use different analyses to derive
different interpretations and results. The emphasis is on difference, of
two intellectual traditions, born in different times and tooled to
address different sets of issues and problems and providing distinctive
analytical lenses. The ‘/and/’ in globalization and development
therefore signifies that an issue is capable of being and approached
from two alternative, largely non-complementary, and on occasion
We seek to bring together contributions from critical developments
studies and invite expressions of interest. Each article is expected to
show, firstly, the contribution of critical development studies to the
analysis of a particular issue and explain the way(s) in which
globalization has been understood and invoked in this analysis.
Secondly, each contribution will then explicitly address the ways in
which the analysis can be seen as intersecting with, providing an
opportunity for fusing with, or diverging from critical approaches to
the study of globalization.
Submissions in all areas of CDS are encouraged. These may include
submissions on particular themes or on particular geographical areas.
The Special Issue will contain approximately ten substantive papers
(maximum 8000 words per article).
Submission of Abstract (maximum 500 words): March 31, 2018
Decision by Co-editors May 31, 2018
First Draft of Articles due to Co-editors September 30, 2018.
Revisions and Submission to Peer Reviewers November
Submission of Final Revised Articles April 30, 2019
Angeles, Leonora, 2004, “New Perspectives, New Issues: Implications for
International Development Studies”, /Canadian Journal of Development
Studies/, 25, 1, 61-80.
James, Paul and Manfred Steger, 2014, “A Genealogy of ‘Globalization’:
The Career of a Concept”, /Globalizations/, 11, 4, 417-434.
Veltmeyer, Henry and Paul Bowles (eds), 2017, /The Essential Guide to
Critical Development Studies/, London: Routledge.