Why were So Many Social Scientists Wrong about the Green Revolution? Learning from Bangladesh

Why were So Many Social Scientists Wrong about the Green Revolution? Learning from Bangladesh

Author: 
Orr, Alastair
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2012
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Journal Title: 
Journal of Development Studies
Source: 
The Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 48, Issue 11, November 2012, pp. 1565-1586
Abstract: 

Most social scientists once took a negative view of the socio-economic consequences of the Green Revolution. Events have since proved them wrong. Using Bangladesh as an example, we offer three reasons why social scientists were mistaken. One is the focus on village studies at the expense of nationally representative surveys. Another is insufficient appreciation of the technical limits of the new rice technology. The third is a misleading model of agrarian change. The inability of village studies to validate generalisations, the reluctance to abandon the historical model of de-peasantisation, and opposing beliefs about how to evaluate socio-economic consequences created a Rashomon Effect that made the controversy hard to resolve.

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CITATION: Orr, Alastair. Why were So Many Social Scientists Wrong about the Green Revolution? Learning from Bangladesh . : Taylor & Francis , 2012. The Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 48, Issue 11, November 2012, pp. 1565-1586 - Available at: http://library.au.int/why-were-so-many-social-scientists-wrong-about-green-revolution-learning-bangladesh-4