Mandarins of the Future

Mandarins of the Future

Modernization Theory in Cold War America

eBook - 2003
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Because it provided the dominant framework for development of poor, postcolonial countries, modernization theory ranks among the most important constructs of 20th-century social science. In this book, Nils Gilman offers an intellectual history of a movement that has had far-reaching, and often unintended, consequences. postwar sense of global mission, Gilman offers a close analysis of the people who did the most to promote it in the United States and the academic institutions they came to dominate. He first explains how Talcott Parsons at Harvard constructed a social theory that challenged the prevailing economics-centred understanding of the modernization process, then describes the work of Edward Shils and Gabriel Almond in helping Parsonsian ideas triumph over other alternative conceptions of the development process, and finally discusses the role of Walt Rostow and his colleagues at MIT in promoting modernization theory during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. of the New Deal order, Gilman not only provides a new intellectual context for America's Third World during the Cold War, but also connects the optimism of the Great Society to the notion that American power and good intentions could stop the postcolonial world from embracing communism.
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
ISBN: 0801873991
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 329 p.)
Additional Contributors: ebrary, Inc


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