The development of the concept of development

Sociological Theory 2:102-116 (1984)
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Abstract

The social sciences and the social movement were parallel inventions of the nineteenth century, sharing epistemological and historiographical premises consonant with the existing world order. Their central organizing concept was "development." Changes in the world system in recent years and prospectively in the years to come are leading to a sea change in which social science is called upon the rethink its epistemology, its historiography, and its links with the social movement

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