By the 60s and into the 1970s modernization theory started being criticized. One criticism is that the theory
its ethnocentric, developing societies were seen as backwards and inferior.
Treats the South as an undifferentiated unit
States do not possess the same factor endowments
Political and socioeconomic development do not always proceed harmoniously.
Ahistorical. It did not take history seriously. They made the assumptions that hey were going to develop
regardless of the states’ history.
Ignores international factors.
A number of societies that were using the modernization theory were not developing, or they where only
developing economically and not democratically. The critiques made to modernization theory come from
two set of critics. Modernization theorists themselves and people that reject the theory and think its wro