Beyond the Sociology of Development: Economy and Society in Latin America and Africa

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Ivar Oxaal, Tony Barnett, David Booth
Routledge, 2011 - Business & Economics - 295 pages

Conceived as a response to the economic na√Įvety and implicit metropolitan bias of many 1950s and 60s studies of ‚e~the sociology of development‚e(tm) , 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 ‚e~dependency‚e(tm) and by the new school of French economic anthropology.

 

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Contents

beyond the sociology of development
1
2 A critique of Latin American theories of dependency
7
3 The dependency economist as grassroots politician in the Caribbean
28
an introduction and appreciation
50
5 Imbalance between the centre and periphery and the employment crisis in Kenya
86
a reconsideration of sociological approaches
105
7 Rice politics and development in Guyana
131
8 Rural social differentiation and political goals in Tanzania
154
production of cotton and the reproduction of underdevelopment
183
liberal anthropology and its French critics
208
the South African case
229
12 Structural dependency modes of production and economic brokerage in rural Peru
253
Index
283
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