dependency theory

(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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  • Plural: dependency theories

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How to Cite the Definition of Dependency Theory

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “dependency theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/dependency-theory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

dependency theory. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/dependency-theory/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “dependency theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/dependency-theory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“dependency theory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Nov. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/dependency-theory/>.