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Chapter 27: Science and Technology in Less Developed Countries
Science and Technology in Less Developed Countries
It is not unusual for scientists to eat their subjects.
THE literature on science and technology in less developed countries (LDCs) is immense and interdisciplinary, but not predominantly academic in character. It would be easy to damn much of it for lack of systematicity, methodological sophistication, and theoretical grounding. A good deal more of it could be condemned for its polemics, idealistic models, and naive assumptions. What must be kept in view, however, is that many of its contributors do not have [Page 628]as their exclusive (or even primary) aim the enhancement of understanding. Instead, they focus on ...