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Modernization and Dependency Theory

Modernization and Dependency Theory

Author: Sadie Pendaz

This lesson will define, delineate, and discuss the components of modernization theory, Rostow's stages of modernization, and dependency theory.

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Terms to Know
Dependency Theory

A theory that explains global inequalities with respect to historical oppression.

Modernization Theory

An explanation for global stratification that asserts that technological and cultural differences between nations serves as the basis of global stratification.

Rostow's Stages of Modernization

A theory that holds that affluence can be attained by all nations if they move through the following stages: 1) Traditional Stage; 2) Preconditions for Take-off; 3) Take-Off; 4) Drive to Technological Maturity; 5) High Mass Consumption.