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4. Dependency Theory and World Systems Theory
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about dependency and world systems theories and their explanations for different levels of development across the world. In particular, we focus on: (i) Andre Gunder Frank’s model of dependency between the core and periphery and his concept of underdevelopment; (ii) Walter Rodney’s application of dependency theory to Africa in his work How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (1972); (iii) Immanuel Wallerstein’s world systems theory, a more flexible approach to dependency which argues that countries can transition between core, semi-periphery and periphery.
In this course, Professor Katie Willis (Royal Holloway, University of London) explores theories of global development. In the first module, we look at development as a contested concept, and at some of the ways it has been defined and measured. In modules two and three, we consider modernisation theories, their development since the Cold War, and their relationship to neoliberalism. In the fourth module, we think about dependency and world systems approaches to explaining different levels of development across the world. In the fifth and sixth modules, we look at sustainable development and the incorporation of environmental issues into development theory and practice, before turning to post-development theory and the critique of development as a concept.
Professor Katie Willis is Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. She researches a broad range of issues related to migration, gender and global development. Her publications include Unaccompanied Young Migrants: Identity, Care and Justice (2019) (as co-editor), Geographies of Developing Areas: The Global South in a Changing World (2014) (as co-author), and Theories and Practices of Development (2005).
Cite this Lecture
Willis, K. (2021, August 23). Theories of Global Development - Dependency Theory and World Systems Theory [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/theories-of-global-development/dependency-theory-and-world-systems-theory
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