Modernization as Ideology American Social Science and Nation Building in the Kennedy Era

ISBN-10: 0807848441
ISBN-13: 9780807848449
Edition: 2000
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 5/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Providing new insight on the intellectual and cultural dimensions of the Cold War, Michael Latham reveals how social science theory helped shape American foreign policy during the Kennedy administration. He shows how, in the midst of America's protracted struggle to contain communism in the developing world, the concept of global modernization moved beyond its beginnings in academia to become a motivating ideology behind policy decisions. After tracing the rise of modernization theory in American social science, Latham analyzes the way its core assumptions influenced the Kennedy administration's Alliance for Progress with Latin America, the creation of the Peace Corps, and the strategic hamlet program in Vietnam. But as he demonstrates, modernizers went beyond insisting on the relevance of America's experience to the dilemmas faced by impoverished countries. Seeking to accelerate the movement of foreign societies toward a liberal, democratic, and capitalist modernity, Kennedy and his advisers also reiterated a much deeper sense of their own nation's vital strengths and essential benevolence. At the height of the Cold War, Latham argues, modernization recast older ideologies of Manifest Destiny and imperialism.

Michael E. Latham is Professor of History at Fordham University and Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill. He is the author of Modernization as Ideology: American Social Science and "Nation Building" in the Kennedy Era and coeditor of Staging Growth: Modernization, Development, and the Global Cold War and Knowledge and Postmodernism in Historical Perspective .

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Modernization as Ideology: Approaching the Problem
American Social Science, Modernization Theory, and the Cold War
Modernity, Anticommunism, and the Alliance for Progress
Modernization for Peace: The Peace Corps, Community Development, and America's Mission
Modernization at War: Counterinsurgency and the Strategic Hamlet Program in Vietnam
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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