Date of Award

Summer 8-2015

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Committee Chair

Dr. Marek D. Steedman

Committee Chair Department

Interdisciplinary Studies

Committee Member 2

Dr. David L. Butler

Committee Member 2 Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Committee Member 3

Dr. Robert J. Pauly Jr.

Committee Member 3 Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Committee Member 4

Dr. Joseph J. St. Marie

Committee Member 4 Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Abstract

The present study juxtaposes scientific rationality with polyphonic rationality in respect to societal development. This is done to illuminate how scientific rationality provides a narrow and truncated view of development. In order to explicate the exclusion of polyphonic rationalities/knowledges in favor of scientific rationality, several development scholarships are examined along with an episode of developmental scheme and two episodes of development programs. This is done to expound (note: ‘→’ = influences) how scientific rationalityscholarshipsorganizational/institutional schemes, such as the MDGs → actual applications of development schemes, such as transmigration and compulsory villagization. The present inquest, more importantly, propounds for polyphonic knowledges that accord diverse modes of thought a place in social inquests, thus affording a better recourse than scientific rationality that blatantly disregards the contextual particularities of human society.

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