Paradigms lost, paradigms regained? Development studies in the twenty-first century

  title={Paradigms lost, paradigms regained? Development studies in the twenty-first century},
  author={Frans J. Schuurman},
  journal={Third World Quarterly},
  pages={20 - 7}
  • F. Schuurman
  • Published 1 February 2000
  • Sociology
  • Third World Quarterly
Until the mid-1980s post-World War II development thinking shared three basic paradigms, ie essentialising the Third World and its inhabitants as homogeneous entities, an unconditional belief in progress and in the makeability of society, and the importance of the (nation)state in realising that progress. Development theories (from modernisation to dependencia) as well as the international development aid industry all shared these paradigms. From the mid-1980s onwards these three paradigms… 
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