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Some Theoretical Implications* of the Multidimensional Concept of Modernization

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In this paper we have tried to deal with modernization as a multidimensional issue, and examine the compatibility and harmony of its different facets. Uneven development was regarded as one of the most crucial problems of developing countries, mainly because of its impact on the fluidity of the defreezing and refreezing of resources. Some illustrations were presented of discrepancies in the rate of development in the intra-and interinstitutional sphere. Unevenness as such was not taken as a pathological symptom, and the conditions under which it might play a positive role were discussed by examining the concept of breakdown in processes of modernization. An attempt was finally made to summarize the issue of unevenness and nonconcurrency by suggesting four prototypes of societies differing in the strength of their political and social center and in the structural differentiation of their periphery.


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