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Discipline and Development
Middle Classes and Prosperity in East Asia and Latin America

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  • Date Published: March 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521002080

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  • Revealing that the key to successful economic development in late industrializers rests in the state's capacity to discipline capitalists, this study sheds light on why certain countries (South Korea and Taiwan) have the capacity to discipline capitalists, while others (Mexico and Argentina) find themselves at the receiving end of industrialists' political and economic power. Closer examination of middle classes, especially rural middle classes, reveals the extent to which they achieve sufficient political sway in politics and society, and thus are able to impose such discipline.

    • Focuses on the middle classes, a subject not examined as central in development theory since the heyday of the modernization paradigm
    • Detailed analysis of South Korea, Taiwan, Argentina and Mexico ideal for area/country specialists
    • Re-introduces history into development theorizing, appealing to economic historians, historical sociologists, and development theorists
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    "The highest praise that most historical sociologists can give is that a book is in the same league as Barrington Moore's Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy. This book may well be in that league with its grand comparative sweep, its subtle attention to methodological issues, and its command of the literature. Postmodern it is not. It offers theory, it grapples with evidence, it comes to strong conclusions that point forward as well as backward." --Leslie Sklair, Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521002080
    • length: 436 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.582kg
    • contains: 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to middle classes, discipline and development
    2. Middle classes and development theory
    3. Discipline and reward: rural middle classes and the South Korean development miracle
    4. Disciplinary development as rural middle class formation: proletarian peasants and farmer-workers in Argentina and Taiwan
    5. From victors to victims? Rural middle classes, revolutionary legacies, and the unfulfilled promise of disciplinary development in Mexico
    6. Disciplinary development in a new millennium: the global context of past gains and future prospects
    Appendix A. Cases, comparisons, and a note on methodology and sources
    Appendix B. Defining the middle class: notes on boundaries and epistemology
    Appendix C. Tables

  • Author

    Diane E. Davis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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