(noun) Theory asserting that global economic and social inequality is caused by the historical exploitation by wealthy powerful nations appropriating resources from the least powerful poorer nations while limiting access to technology thus keeping the least powerful dependent on the most powerful.
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “dependency theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 22, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/dependency-theory/).
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dependency theory. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/dependency-theory/
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“dependency theory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/dependency-theory/>.