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Andre Gunder Frank Pol-Soc Podcast Quiz
1. AGF was, in part, writing in reaction to a theory by Walt Rustow that said all countries progress along a standard set of steps of growth. By what name was this theory known?
Natural Growth Theory
Becoming Modern Theory
2. AGF argued that the legacy of colonialism meant that the internal structure of former colonies limits their ability to develop. What phrase does he use to describe this limitation?
3. In AGF's terminology how does he refer to the former colonial powers and the former colonies?
London and India
Centre and Conquered
Metropolis and Periphery
Core and Distant
4. AGF argues that these "relations are not limited to the Imperial or international level, but penetrate and structure the very economic, political, and social life of the Latin American colonies and countries.” How might we understand that in 'normal' language?
The former empires don't need to worry about the economic difficulties of their former colonies
The same structures that make some countries 2nd class also applies within the countries themselves, because the rural areas often get screwed the same way.
Latin America is the only area that got screwed by Imperialism
Everyone would be fine if they just got on with the business of running their own countries, thank you very much...
5. What kind of commodities flow from the former colonies to the former colonizers that make it harder for them to develop? (tick all appropriate answers)
Raw Materials (like minerals or ore)
Financial Services (like Banking Software)
Labour (like using cheap 'Sweat Shops' in Bangladesh to make your T-Shirts)
Agricultural Products (such as sugar from large plantations)
Processed Goods (such as 'ready meals' from M&S)
6. Later in his career, AGF also contributed to another theory that had some similarities with Dependency Theory. It was known as...
World Systems Theory
The Theory of Everything
7. AGF was also critical of the Green Revolution. Which of the following reasons seem most likely for a Marxist thinker, like AGF, to use as his opposition to the Green Rev?
He thought that the Green Revolution just made the economic Dependency stronger because most big seed and fertilizer companies were based in the 'core' countries.
He thought that the Green Revolution wasn't a revolution at all because it did nothing to actually change the dominance of the Capitalist System
He realized that the ecological damage was being done mostly in the poorest countries
It left small farmers in developing countries in a debt cycle, which often resulted in them having to sell their land to larger land owners
All of the above
8. In the intro to his book ", “Latin America: Underdevelopment or Revolution”, AGF notes that his ideas have been “filtered through the also-changing prism of the author’s and others’ Conscientization and understanding.” What other Key Thinker (also based in Latin America) is he referring to here?
9. Dependency Theory is heavily influenced by what happened to countries when they eventually gained freedom from their former colonizers. By what name is this process, and its aftermath generally known?
10. Which of the following criticisms of AGF's work is most powerful in modern debates?
It's too hard to work out if his second name is 'Gunder' or 'Frank'???
He focuses too much on purely 'economic' issues, ignoring political and social factors in his explanations
Dependency, makes it sound like there's no way out of the problem...
All of the above
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