By Jan Nederveen Pieterse
Written by means of one of many major professionals within the box, the second one version of this profitable book:Situates scholars within the increasing box of improvement theoryProvides an unrivalled consultant to the strengths and weaknesses of competing theoretical approachesExplains key conceptsExamines the shifts in theoryOffers an schedule for the futureIn this publication, the writer brings a massive variety of expertise and information in regards to the courting among the economically complex and the rising, constructing countries.
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The UNESCO-sponsored World Decade on Culture and Development also resulted in a growing regard for cultural dimensions of development. In the wake of the cultural turn in development, culture represents another dimension of development, which is no longer ignored or viewed as just an obstacle, as in orthodox modernization thinking (see Chapter 5 below). ‘Culture’ now figures in several ways. One is a regard for cultural diversity – which in an age of ethnicity and religious resurgence is not an entirely innocent theme.
There are limits to cultural specificity because societies the world over are part of a globalizing momentum – the inroads made by the world market, media, industrial and postindustrial technologies, the homogenizing influence of the interstate system, the expanding galaxy of international bodies and conventions and growing human mobility (migration and tourism). When globalization is advancing and barriers are broken down, is it the time for a retreat into theoretical provincialism? In world-system theory, globalism itself is made the single overarching dynamic.
The central thesis of developmentalism is that social change occurs according to a pre-established pattern, the logic and direction of which are known. Those who deem themselves furthest advanced along its course claim privileged knowledge of the direction of change. Developmentalism is the truth from the point of view of the centre of power; it is the theorization (or rather, ideologization) of its own path of development and the comparative method usually serves to elaborate this perspective.