Modernisation theory is, in short, the social recipe developed by western social scientist for non-modern societies. A theoretical framework was developed in major American universities after the Second World War; although it was not a homogenous framework, rather a paradigm that has influenced the perspective of western social scientists regarding societies other than their own.
Modernisation Theory examines the basic arguments of its leading philosophers, and the social and institutional base that modernisation concepts rest on, in the context of developments post-1945. This work, which in a sense displays the equivalent of the knowledge-power relationship on the existentialist platform, can be evaluated as a research piece on intellectual history or it can be read as an experimental work on the sociology of sociology.
According to the author, without understanding the modernisation concept one cannot evaluate today’s globalisation discussions correctly because, “the ideology of universalism that came out of the modernisation concept and which undertook the defence of American interests and the development laws it preached locates at the root of today’s attitude towards globalisation.”
This book considers the issues of globalisation and modernisation from a different perspective. For those who seek better understanding of current world politics it is particularly illuminating, as well as for readers interested in social theory.