Future Directions in Social Development

  • James Midgley
  • Manohar Pawar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Social Development: History and Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. James Midgley, Manohar Pawar
      Pages 3-19
    3. James Midgley
      Pages 21-40
    4. Manohar Pawar
      Pages 41-57
  3. Future Issues in Social Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. James Midgley
      Pages 99-118
    3. Shahana Rasool
      Pages 119-139
    4. Mel Gray, John Coates, Kate Davies
      Pages 141-163
    5. Sophie Plagerson, Leila Patel
      Pages 205-226
    6. Marian Urbina-Ferretjans, Rebecca Surender
      Pages 227-249
  4. Broadening the Scope of Social Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Manohar Pawar, James Midgley
      Pages 253-264
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 265-281

About this book


This book invites readers to think about future directions in social development. The book succinctly presents the historical context and progress of social development. By reflecting on the Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals, it discusses the increasing global relevance of several critical themes and issues such as human rights and good governance, participation, peace, gender, environment, religion and spirituality, aging, social protection and partnership. It appreciates the importance of goals and targets, but calls to look beyond them to visualise future directions in social development. The book argues that values-driven social development need to focus on knowledge creation, dissemination and training, draw on multidisciplinary knowledge and professionals, promote conscientious consumption, creating less unequal societies and engage in innovation that brings happiness to everyone.


Social development MDGs Millenium Development Goals Sustainable goals Human rights Good governance Governance Participation Peace Gender Environment Religion and spirituality Aging Social protection Social partnership Social values

Editors and affiliations

  • James Midgley
    • 1
  • Manohar Pawar
    • 2
  1. 1.University of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.School of Humanities and Social SciencesCharles Sturt UniveristyBathurstAustralia

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