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New Trends in Development Theory

Essays in Development and Social Theory, 1st Edition

By Peter Preston


220 pages

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The theme of this work, first published in 1985, is the exchange between issues of development and problems of social theory. They provide preliminary analysis of the multiplicity of social-theoretic arguments in development theory and their implications for social theory in general.

The book will be of interest to all those interested in the contemporary ‘restructuring’ of social theory and to theorists of development who are rethinking their concerns in a period of pessimism and doubt.

Table of Contents

1. Some Notes on the Significance of the Career of Development Studies 2. The Specificity of Social-theoretic Engagement: Some Lessons for ‘Neo-Marxian’ Studies of Development 3. Becoming Industrialised, Being Industrial: A Brief Analysis of a Particular Planning Mode of Engagement 4. The Impact of the ‘Received Model’ of Natural Science Upon Social Theorising 5. Comparative Ranking: Some Approaches to the Task of Rationally Adjudicating Between Competing Ideologies 6. The Ethico-Political Notion of Development: a Memorandum on Commitments 7. The Common Sense of Development Studies: Elements of Reconsideration

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Development

Routledge Library Editions: Development will re-issue works which address economic, political and social aspects of development. Published over more than four decades these books trace the emergence of development as one of the most important contemporary issues and one of the key areas of study for modern social science.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban