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.
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