Development Theory: Critiques and Explorations by A.H. Somjee

By A.H. Somjee

By way of the writer of "Voting Behaviour in an Indian Village" and "Reaching Out to the Poor", this booklet bargains with improvement reviews. themes coated diversity from Asian improvement event and unexplored theoretical factors to ethno-development.

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But the natural sciences 24 Development Theory as compared to the social sciences are 'absurdly simple'. 21 For Hagen, the developments in sociology of the 19508 and the 1960s were of special significance to development studies. Sociology during those decades was engaged in developing 'analytical models' which were able to take the discipline from classification to its next logical step, namely the identification of 'the functioning interactive elements'. 22 Hagen's faith in 'analytical models' built by sociologists was misplaced.

However, given the powerful thrust of development economics, and the non-emergence of a new breed of development scholars with a broader outlook, the 'Cultural Change' aspect of the journal became less and less pronounced. 46 Among other development economists who sought to look at development studies from a wider perspective, Amartya Sen began viewing economic growth along with equity, health and nutrition, and the condition of women. In his Resources, Values and Development (1984), Sen also touched upon social benefit cost analysis and ethical issues in income distribution as aspects of development in geo,eral.

American politics then, as now, was deeply enmeshed in the economic and social forces of the colonial and post-colonial" society, and one of the remarkable achievements of the leading public figures, of the first few decades of the post-independence period, was the successful steering of the political process towards the attainment, in actual operational terms, of those goals. The purists in political development, as in economic growth, thus derived their understanding, and perspectives, on development from the historical experiences of a few Western societies.

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