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Social Change and Development
Modernization, Dependency and World-System Theories

  • Alvin Y. So - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Volume: 178
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Area Studies (General)

April 1990 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This text is designed to introduce undergraduates to the study of social theory, social change and Third World development. The author compares the strengths and weaknesses of the modernization, the dependency and the world system schools of research which have dominated development studies for four decades. This book is the only study to address the research implication of the three development theories in such a comprehensive fashion.
 
Introduction
The Power of Development Theories  
 
PART ONE: THE MODERNIZATION SCHOOL
 
The Modernization Perspective
 
The Classical Modernization Studies
 
The New Modernization Studies
 
PART TWO: THE DEPENDENCY SCHOOL
 
The Dependency Perspective
 
The Classical Dependency Studies
 
The New Dependency Studies
 
PART THREE: THE WORLD-SYSTEM SCHOOL
 
The World-System Perspective
 
World-System Studies at the Global Level
 
World-System Studies at the National Level
 
Conclusion

So provides a constructive overview of the trinity of development studies: modernization, dependency and world systems theories. Though dated, will undoubtedly provide a critical background to contemporary discussions on development and globalization.

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Sociology , Nipissing Univ
March 19, 2012

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