The Sociology of Development: Iran as an Asian Case Study by Norman Jacobs. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1966. Price $17.50. Pp.i-vii+541.

Fateh M. Chowdhury


The Sociology of Development is an ambitious attempt at
developing a model of Asian societies which will explain succinctly the
reasons why Asian nations have not developed economically, why
sociologists working in underdeveloped areas are not effective in their
attempts to expedite social change, why economists can do nothing about
economic development, and among other questions why foreign aid is of no
value to economic development. Indeed, Professor Jacobs' "shotgun"
approach to the sociology of development touches briefly on so many
aspects of economic development that one can only wish that an attempt
had been made to equip the gun with a full choke. Briefly, the book may
be seen to consist of three parts. The first part consists of a single
introductory chapter which attempts to do several things within the
space of 18 pages. First, it is argued that Iran is selected as only a
case study of the entire problem of economic development in Asia, yet
neither in this chapter nor in subsequent chapters is an extended
attempt made to draw similarities between Iran and other countries in
Asia. The most important reason for the selection of Iran, a Middle
Eastern nation, seems to be that the author spent two years, 1959 to
1961, in Iran.

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