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The Bias Of Development Essay

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The term “development” has been used by political, economic and international relations scholars to explain the relative economic statutes of various countries around the world. Numerous scholars have concerns about the potentially hegemonic nature of using the term “development”. Rhetorically, their concerns range from potential bias at the expense of indigenous methods to the continuation of western imperialist domination and exploitation of lands yet to be further explored. A few of the main concerns of these scholars is ethnic cleansing, resource extraction and false perceptions of the term.
Scholars fear that applying the term “developing” to smaller, weaker countries, they are gearing ...view middle of the document...

It is a weapon used by the aggressor to intimidate the “weaker” into giving them the control they need to extract the resource. This approach generally grantees that those in power stay in power and that they can get their product to willing buyers. Larger countries can bully smaller, underdeveloped countries into taking away their natural resources. When the smaller countries try to fight back, this creates a conflict that puts the larger country in an advantage because it usually has a greater military power and fighting force than the smaller country. This ongoing fight produces animosity from citizens on both sides.
Investors that are interested in the resources that a region has to offer would generally be willing to pour money into said region to obtain that resource. That pouring of money is what with any luck will contribute to the economy of that country. The stimulation of the economy will hopefully lead, in the future to the ability to obtain ways protect their own environment and thus become financially independent. This would be a good thing if it would guarantee that the “developing” country could and would retain its cultural identity after it’s all said and done. The investors would push for new rules and laws be made to support their side and factions that would over step the feelings and regards of the citizens. The smaller country would be over ran by the needs and wants of the investors and create a...

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