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New Flux among Old Certainties: Ruptures and Continuities between Classical Development Theory and Contemporary Globalization Studies

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I argue that the contemporary literature around development is shot through with the realization of globalization as a central form of rupture from the classical development theory, as captured in modernization, dependency and world-systems perspectives. It shows the centrality of globalization by paying increasing attention to fluidities by focusing on the processes of migration; by emphasizing social cartographic conception of economic inequality; by centering the changing role of the institution of state; and by increasing focus on information flows. And yet, I argue that there are still important continuities between these two literatures: their unproblematic conception of modern versus traditional; their narrow interpretation of development as an economic process; and problematic understanding of multiple identities that underpin social life. As such, both these literatures continue interpreting development within a narrow Eurocentric perspective. For a well-rounded conception of development, I argue that globalization studies will need to expand its palette of categories—and give its due to the centrality of religion—along with the usual emphasis on class, race and gender—as a category of social analysis as well as a real force in the lives of those whose betterment it seeks.

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Sandhu, Amandeep. "New Flux among Old Certainties: Ruptures and Continuities between Classical Development Theory and Contemporary Globalization Studies" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, TBA, New York, New York City, Aug 11, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p185180_index.html>

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Sandhu, A. , 2007-08-11 "New Flux among Old Certainties: Ruptures and Continuities between Classical Development Theory and Contemporary Globalization Studies" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, TBA, New York, New York City Online <PDF>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p185180_index.html

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Abstract: I argue that the contemporary literature around development is shot through with the realization of globalization as a central form of rupture from the classical development theory, as captured in modernization, dependency and world-systems perspectives. It shows the centrality of globalization by paying increasing attention to fluidities by focusing on the processes of migration; by emphasizing social cartographic conception of economic inequality; by centering the changing role of the institution of state; and by increasing focus on information flows. And yet, I argue that there are still important continuities between these two literatures: their unproblematic conception of modern versus traditional; their narrow interpretation of development as an economic process; and problematic understanding of multiple identities that underpin social life. As such, both these literatures continue interpreting development within a narrow Eurocentric perspective. For a well-rounded conception of development, I argue that globalization studies will need to expand its palette of categories—and give its due to the centrality of religion—along with the usual emphasis on class, race and gender—as a category of social analysis as well as a real force in the lives of those whose betterment it seeks.

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