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Dependency theory and urbanisation in Southern Africa : a conceptual critique

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dc.contributor.author Graaff JFdeV en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:31:21Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:31:21Z
dc.date.created 1975 en
dc.date.submitted 1990 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/27457
dc.description.abstract The central concern of this thesis is the new direction in which Marxist development theory might move in order to go beyond its present dilemma's in its consideration of the Southern African context. There are three main elements necessary for viable renewal. All of these draw on Anthony Giddens' structuration theory. The first is a theory of the colonial or peripheral state which avoids instrumentalist and functionalist notions. State incumbents in peripheral countries have distinct enough interests and anxieties to make them a separate class with a significant measure of independence over and against both national and international bourgeoisies. The second innovation in Marxist development theory concerns the relationship between core and periphery. Core-periphery interaction is conceptually worth retaining on condition that it jettisons the stagnationist, quantitative, unidimensional and uninodal assumptions introduced by Frank and Wallerstein. The final innovation in Marxist development theory concerns the notion of structure. Earlier Marxist writers were strongly structuralist and positivist. Later Marxists by contrast, have been influenced by subjectivist and relativist theories. Structuration theory rejects both of these polarities. Giddens proposes that social analysis must start with subjective meaning. Unlike subjectivist theories, structure must be seen as constitutive of subjective meaning. At the epistemological level Giddens also rejects relativism. In this view a form of critical theory which applies to both the object and the subject of theory can replace vicious with virtuous cycles of knowledge. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Sociology en
dc.subject Theory en
dc.title Dependency theory and urbanisation in Southern Africa : a conceptual critique en
dc.type Doctoral degree en
dc.description.degree D Phil en


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