Beyond the Sociology of Development

Economy and Society in Latin America and Africa

Edited by Ivar Oxaal, Tony Barnett, David Booth

© 2011 – Routledge

306 pages

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About the Book

Conceived as a response to the economic naïvety and implicit metropolitan bias of many 1950s and 60s studies of ‘the sociology of development’ , this volume, first published in 1975, provides actual field studies and theoretical reviews to indicate the directions which a conceptually more adequate study of developing societies should take.

Much of the book reflects strongly the influence of Andre Gunder Frank, but the contributors adopt a critical attitude to his ideas, applying them in empirical situations within such African and American countries as Kenya, Guyana, Tanzania and Peru. Others pursue the lines of enquiry opened up by Latin American theories of economic ‘dependency’ and by the new school of French economic anthropology.

Table of Contents

1. Editor’s Introduction: Beyond the Sociology of Development 2. A Critique of Latin American Theories of Dependency 3. The Dependency Economist as Grassroots Politician in the Caribbean 4. Andre Gunder Frank: An Introduction and Appreciation 5. Imbalance Between the Centre and Periphery and the ‘Employment Crisis’ in Kenya 6. African Peasants and Resistance to Change: A Reconsideration of Sociological Approaches 7. Rice, Politics and Development in Guyana 8. Rural Social Differentiation and Political Goals in Tanzania 9. The Gezira Scheme: Production of Cotton and the Reproduction of Underdevelopment 10. Economic Anthropology and the Sociology of Underdevelopment: ‘Liberal’ Anthropology and its French Critics 11. The Theory of Internal Colonialism: The South African Case 12. Structural Dependency, Modes of Production and Economic Brokerage in Rural Peru

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:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS068000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUS072000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUS092000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC026030
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOC042000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries