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Social Progress and Sustainable Development

Neil Thin
Social Progress and Sustainable Development
ISBN: 978-1-56549-157-1
2002/182 pages/LC: 2002009166
A Kumarian Press Book
"Provides the international development community with thoughtful conceptual guidance that should have positive, practical impacts on our work."—Steen Lau Jørgensen, World Bank

"This wide ranging study brings the ethics back into development thinking. Neil Thin builds a solid framework for attacking the instrumental and economistic views that have dominated discussions of social policy. Essential reading for those ... on both sides of the barricades."—David Marsden, INTRAC


What are the social dimensions of sustainable development? Why are they important? Can agreement be reached on what constitutes progress? How can progress most effectively be brought about? Neil Thin argues that sustainable development is possible only if we systematically link social progress—social justice, solidarity, participation, and security—with other dimensions of development. To that end, his book provides a sound basis for improved policies and implementation strategies.


Neil Thin is senior lecturer in anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.


  • Introduction.
  • Social Concepts and Principles.
  • Trend Assessments and Visions of Progress.
  • Social Planning.
  • Core Social Development Themes.
  • Learning Strategies.
  • Conclusions: Social Issues in Policy and Practice.
North American rights only.