Book Reviews

Corporate Social Responsibility – Applications of Good Practices and Malpractices in Tourism and the Hospitality Industry in the Developing World

“Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a crucial and challenging aim for the tourism and hospitality industry. This book critically engages with the multidimensional and often ambiguous idea of CSR with an integrated and conceptually sophisticated but still practically driven approach. The book brings into focus the practices of CSR in Global South contexts which is a highly valuable contribution for academic and policy-oriented debates on sustainability and responsibility in tourism development.” - Jarkko Saarinen, University of Oulu, Finland, and University of Johannesburg, South Africa

“This book provides some serious food for thought. It examines a range of case studies and assists the reader to learn from the best practices from around the world. CSR is presented as a methodology to enable different actors to contribute towards value cocreation and happiness. Tourism and hospitality are particularly critical for peripheral, remote and insular places as they are often the only source of income for communities and individuals. The chapters provide a wealth of information and offer a starting point for understanding these themes. They challenge the reader to see different perspectives especially in the context of developing countries.” - Professor Dimitrios Buhalis, Head of Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Bournemouth University, Poole, England

“This volume offers an authoritative set of contributions steering through the complex domain of Corporate Socially Responsibility (CSR) in tourism and hospitality in developing and emerging destinations. It offers a sound collection of critical pieces discussing CSR in its different forms, dimensions and context specific applications, constituting a must read not only for undergraduate and postgraduate students, but also for those who have an interest in the subject both in the academic and practitioners’ world.” - Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development, Academic Lead for 'Responsible Futures', University of Brighton, England

“The field of this edited book concerns the association of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with tourism and hospitality industry in the developing world. Overall, the book includes seven chapters, each of them well articulating the thematic of reference. The provided insights are very helpful for the reader to contextualize and understand CSR issues related with tourism and hospitality in developing communities. The editorial introduction is efficiently presenting and explaining the aspects elaborated in the edited book, as well as the main CSR issues that need to be taken under consideration for tourism and hospitality development.

Within its seven chapters, this edited book tries to provide a more internationalized perspective concerning CSR in the developing world. It successfully documents several challenges in CSR activities and regional development connecting theoretical with practical domains. In addition, the chapters individually provide a basic understanding for the areas they elaborate. This edited book can be valuable for students and practitioners especially in the field of CSR and tourism development. The illustrated diverse disciplines contribute to the provision of an understanding in terms of tourism and hospitality in the developing world and CSR’s current trends and issues. As a result, the general reader has the ability not only to attempt reading the whole book but to select the chapter(s) of interest. Additionally, it is up to the reader’s interest whether to focus on a specific part of the book or in individual chapters.” - Dr. Nikolaos Pappas, Director of CERTE (Centre for Research in Tourism Excellence), University of Sanderland, England

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Poverty: Global Challenges, Role of Inequality and Reduction Strategies

“This volume, edited by leading Nigeria poverty researcher Chukwuma Agu, brings together a range of disciplines and perspectives to look at poverty and the role growth and other factors may play in reducing it. It comprises both conceptual chapters and country case studies; it focuses mostly on Africa but draws complementary insights from studies of indigenous populations in Australia and of a US programme seeking to minimise the impact of poverty on education achievement. Among other things it seeks to understand why growth is sometimes more and less effective at reducing poverty; it examines spatial patterns of poverty, inequality or polarisation; and it seeks to introduce psychological dimensions to the understanding of poverty and poverty reduction.” - Andy Mckay, Professor of Development Economics, University of Sussex

"Poverty: Global Challenges, Role of Inequality and Reduction Strategies is intended to make a significant contribution to the debate on economic growth and its relationship with poverty alleviation. This volume, written by seasoned scholars of development, contains an extremely rigorous and informative analysis of the growth-poverty nexus, and makes critical suggestions for policies to deal effectively and fully with poverty, not only in Africa but also among indigenous groups in Australia. One important lesson that can be drawn from these contributors’ skillful analyses is that public programs to deal with poverty that do not take into consideration the specificities of each community are not likely to produce the desired results. For example, poverty reduction programs developed to deal with the urban poor cannot simply be applied to the country’s rural sectors-a significant level of policy-tailoring is critical. Hence, a participatory and inclusive approach to the design and implementation of anti-poverty programs is recommended. Professor Agu and his fellow contributors present a compelling and credible story for making effective poverty reduction the center of a country’s development policy. This is a refreshing, rigorous, informative and multidisciplinary analysis of poverty reduction, with special emphasis on Africa. Students of development studies in general, African political economy, in particular, as well as policymakers, and anyone interested in the plight of the poor, should find this study especially useful. - John Mukum Mbaku, Professor of Economics, Weber State University, Utah, USA

“Chukwuma Agu’s book on Poverty: Global Challenges, Role of Inequality and Reduction Strategies provides a detailed analysis of current growth and poverty trends in Africa. The book has a number of strong messages. The good news is that African countries are growing. The bad news is that high levels of poverty persist in many countries. Agu and co-authors provide compelling new evidence based on cross-country and case studies. If you want to find out how to create more prosperous and equitable societies in Africa, read this book!” - Anke Hoeffler

"This book brings together a fascinating set of perspectives on the dynamics of economic growth and poverty reduction. Its primary geographic focus is the major economies of West Africa – Nigeria and Cameroon – and its dominant methodological approach is economics. But what makes this a particularly interesting collection, and what serves to highlight the multi-dimensional and highly non-linear relationship between economic growth and poverty, is how the editor has combined insights from mainstream economics with those from the fields of psychology, health economics and education." - Christopher Adam, Professor of Development Economics, University of Oxford, UK

“This book is an admirable collection of high quality works by experienced scholars and researchers who have examined the vexing issue of growth, poverty, inequality nexus from different perspectives. The first section of the book focusing on theoretical and empirical issues of growth poverty nexus should be of interest to scholars and students of development economics. The second section presenting country case studies of Nigeria, Cameroon, Australia and United States offers a rich analysis of various dimensions of the growth, poverty and inequality nexus at national, sub-national, rural and urban levels should be of interest to development policy analysis, practitioners and development community. I, therefore, recommend the book to a wide range of audience who are interested in understanding the vexing issue of growth, poverty and inequality paradox at theoretical and practical levels.” - Olu Ajakaiye, Executive Chairman, African Centre for Shared Development, Capacity Building, Ibadan, Nigeria, and President Nigerian Economic Society

"This book is courageous enough to tackle complex and seemingly impossible problems of poverty, growth and inequality. It offers a varied range of chapters touching on certain facets of these complex problems. The book not only gives evidence, and arguments as to why these problems persist but also offers some suggestions for a way forward. The contributions come from well known names in this field. This textbook is a must read for all academic and practitioners concerned with the problems of economic development and welfare issues.What is appealing about this book is that it combines theory and applications, some in the form of case studies, in the same text. This makes it applicable to a wide range of audience from practitioners to academics. It will also serve as a reference text for students interested in this area of economics." - Margaret Chitiga

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