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Jakarta Post

From the rubble of modernization: Choosing our own paths to progress

  • Asad Zaman

Islamabad   /   Tue, November 11 2008   /  10:55 am

Pride resulting from global dominance and spectacular scientific and technological developments led Europeans to believe that the West was the most advanced and developed of all societies. Other societies were primitive and under-developed. As these other societies matured and grew, they would follow the same stages that were followed by the West and eventually become like modern Western societies. Many European thinkers such as Comte and Hegel described the stages in growth from a primitive society to a modern one in a "logical" sequence. The enterprise of colonizing the non-European world was painted in bright terms as being part of the "white man's burden" of bringing enlightenment, good governance, science, technology and other benefits of Western civilization to the rest of the world. Until the 1960s modernization theorists -- such as Parso...