MODERNIZATION

MODERNIZATION - From To Rich nations--------- Poor nations...

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Florida State University Sociology Department SYG2010-Social Problems Dr. Gloria Lessan MODERNIZATION THEORY General Arguments Model of the world-society in which countries/regions, at a given time, vary in terms of technological development and cultural traits Societies develop from traditional to technologically advanced nation-states Stages of Development 1) Traditional 2) Take-off 3) Growth 4) High Mass Consumption
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NATION-STATES Poor Rich -_____________________________+ Technology Modernization theory assumes a common pattern of development for all societies, i.e., from less to more technology Technology = Progress Tradition opposes Economic Development Rich nations are the standard of development Thus, Social Problems arise from lack of or due to, inadequate
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technical/scientific/industrial development Suggested Policies Governments must intervene to bring about modernization in the world, not only in terms of technology but in culture
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Unformatted text preview: From To Rich nations--------- Poor nations Export of {technology } + Influence {culture } _____________________________ Assimilation What Governments can do include: Provision of foreign economic aid Support cultural exchanges Expand communication Foster foreign investments Mass media campaigns The goal is to Change : traditional to secular cultural values, underdeveloped to industrial economies In areas such as: Population control Food production Industrialization Lifestyle Strengths&Problems +Social problems can be solved collectively +Government intervention is a requirement for solving social problems -There is one path of development for all nation-states i.e. rich nations-Ethnocentric attitudes of developed nations-Local cultures and history are ignored-Nation states are assumed to be discrete entities-Ignores relations of domination-subordination among nation states...
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2011 for the course SYG 2010 taught by Professor Schwabe during the Fall '08 term at FSU.

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