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 structure of social relationships. 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.
Modernization to Globalization: Perspectives on Development and Social Change - J.
Roberts, Amy Hite (Editors)
Why are some countries poor? What can they do to turn their situations around? What
happens to countries and individuals when they move towards being "modern"? What
does it mean to "develop" and be "modern" anyway? What are the social
effects of the processes of worldwide economic, cultural, and political integration called
globalization? From Modernization to Globalization is a
reference for scholars, students and development practitioners on the issues of processes
of social change and development in the 'Third World'.
of the Future: Modernization Theory in Cold War America (New Studies in American
Intellectual and Cultural History) by Nils Gilman
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
and Postmodernization by Ronald Inglehart
Review: Inglehart's findings are consistently thought-provoking and often surprising and
should inspire prolonged and productive controversy.
Review: Inglehart's new book analyzes the most encompassing dataset on political values
and orientations ever collected, in order to assess cultural theories of political and
economic change. His well-understood version of modernization theory will draw throngs of
critics, as did Inglehart's previous works.
Review: Ronald Inglehart is one of 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 Modernization and Postmodernization,
he presents the cumulative results of decades of research on the interrelationships among
cultural values, democracy, and capitalism.
Change and Development : Modernization, Dependency and World-System Theories (SAGE
Library of Social Research) Alvin Y. So
During the past four decades, the field of development has been dominated by three schools
of research. The 1950s saw the modernization school, the 1960s experienced the dependency
school, the 1970s developed the new world-system school, and the 1980s is a convergence of
all three schools. Alvin Y. So examines the dynamic nature of these schools of
development--what each of them represents, their contributions, how they have criticized
each other, how they have defended themselves, and how they were transformed.
Theory in Cold War Modernization
World System Theories Modernization
to Globalization Modernization