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ERIC Number: ED371405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
The Theory of International Development.
Zuchelli, Lisa
Noting that the theory of international development is a paradigm, a model by which researchers guide their studies, this paper reviews various concepts of international development theory and proposes a research study that would examine mass media use in Georgia, one of the new republics born out of the death of the Soviet Union. The paper begins with a discussion of the information imbalance between wealthy countries and Third World countries, suggesting that an integral factor of the imbalance resides in the past with imperialism. The paper then discusses modernization and development concepts as realized in the economic and mass media of Third World nations. The paper next compares systems theory with the modernization and development model, and then discusses a modernization theory which embraces the concepts of systems theory. The paper also discusses dependency theory and convergence theory. Next, the paper presents a discussion of a possible research program to study the effects of the content of messages and their effects on attitudes and behavioral changes in Georgia. The paper concludes that an understanding of the information imbalances in the world and anticipating the consequences of world homogenization may stimulate further research. Contains 10 references. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia Republic