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Sociology of development : sociology, development studies or already dead?

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Neubert, Dieter:
Sociology of development : sociology, development studies or already dead?
In: Kurfürst, Sandra ; Wehner, Stefanie (ed.): Southeast Asian transformations : Urban and rural developments in the 21st century. - Bielefeld : Transcript , 2020 . - pp. 25-40 . - (Global studies )
ISBN 978-3-8394-5171-7

Official URL: Volltext

Abstract in another language

The term ‘sociology of development’ refers to the existence of a more or less clearly
defined sociological sub-discipline which emerged in the 1950s and 1960s. The sociology
of development increasingly became a part of the interdisciplinary field of development
studies, which for a long time was caught up in the debate on the ‘grand theories’ of
modernisation and dependency. Exhausted by this theoretical debate which did not
reach a conclusion, sociologists working on the Global South re-invented the sociology
of development in the 1980s with an ‘empirical turn’. However, the discussion on postdevelopment
started at the same time, and this critical view was later supported by postcolonialism.
Sociologists working on the Global South participated in all these debates
and quite a few became outspoken critics of the development concept, while others still
carry the flag of sociology of development against all odds. This leads to the question
whether the sociology of development still exists as a sub-discipline, or whether there
are just a few institutional artefacts left, such as sections in sociological associations,
which provide a playground for elderly scholars who still live and work in yesterday’s

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: development sociology; sociology; development
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Development
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Former Professors > Chair Sociology of Development - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dieter Neubert
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > African Studies
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2020 07:09
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2020 07:09
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/56448