Sociology Index


Books on Modernization Theory

Modernization Theory is a theory of social and economic development, following functionalist or consensus assumptions, that societies need to have harmony among their component parts.

These assumptions leads to the belief that modern economies (capitalist) demand special characteristics in their culture and the social structure. Family systems are assumed to change towards a narrow conjugal form, and away from extended structure, in order to accommodate the individualism and occupational flexibility that is demanded by a modern complex economy undergoing continual transformation.

Ronald Inglehart is among the very few scholars to have remained consistently engaged with both the study of political culture and the development of modernization theory over the past few decades.

In Mandarins of the Future: Modernization Theory in Cold War America Nils Gilman offers the first intellectual history of a movement that has had far-reaching, and often unintended, consequences.