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Is the Modernity-Tradition Model All Bad

Harold A Gould There is a tendency today to denigrate the o'd dichotomy between tradition and modernity. It is necessary to treads cautiously here because there may be a danger of the baby being thrown away with the bath-water.

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations-Even Heretics Remain Bound by Traditional Thought

Even Heretics Remain Bound by Traditional Thought Andre Gunder Frank In contrast to the view expressed in the foregoing article, the author of this article regards the modernity-tradition dichotomy as a liberal obfuscation. Liberals fail to, or do not wish to, see the historical relationship between so-called modernism and traditionalism which, unlike what even self- styled liberal heretics such as Myrdal, Galbraith and Rostow might say, are not distinct characteristics peculiar to particular regions of the world but are the result of an international system, which exploits many for the benefit of the few. What is commonly called modernity is the result of the creation and maintenance of the so-called traditional characteristics of Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Study of Social Change and Social Development in the Developing Societies

in the 'Developing Societies' Ramkrishna Mukherjee Social change and social development, which were of prime concern to the pioneers of sociology in India, have re-emerged as key concepts in the usefulness of the discipline in contemporary India. Their relevance to the study of all 'developing societies' has also been stressed in recent times.

Change Agents and Villagers-Their Relationships and Role of Class Values

Their Relationships and Role of Class Values Joan P Mencher Studies of development, in their search for the deterrents to change, have often concentrated on factors such as traditional attitudes, superstitions, and lack of faith in new things. It is argued in this paper that there are other factors at work which may he far more crucial to the success or failure of change programmes. A social system, because of the ways in which the various strata within society relate to one another, and to scarce resources, may itself impede aspects of modernisation in some ways. The interactions between the village social system and the administrative bureaucracies, for instance, may tend to reinforce existing power relations and act as a brake on change.
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