Uneven and combined development: a defense of the general abstraction

Rosenberg, Justin (2020) Uneven and combined development: a defense of the general abstraction. Cambridge Review of International Affairs. pp. 1-24. ISSN 0955-7571

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Abstract

This article responds to criticisms of the current revival of Uneven and Combined Development (UCD), particularly those aimed at the idea of a ‘general abstraction’ of UCD. Three main charges have been pressed: that UCD is not a real theory; that its transhistorical extension has reduced it to an unhistorical reification; and that its language of ‘advanced’ and ‘backward’ betrays its enduring Eurocentric foundations. The article argues not only that UCD can be defended, but also that it is the general abstraction which enables UCD to make its strongest contributions to solving problems of theoretical insufficiency, ahistoricism and Eurocentrism in social thought more generally. Finally the article ends by speculating on the reason why the much-maligned general abstraction of UCD should turn out to be of such significance.

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Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
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Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2020 06:47
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2020 15:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/94216

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