world growth story
world growth storythe account of human affairs, criticized by GELLNER (1964), which presents the development of human societies as a history of‘all-embracing upward growth’, dovetailing with biological evolutionism and with Darwinism. Those such as Gellner, GIDDENS or MANN, who have argued strongly against this notion, prefer to see distinctively human history as involving the ‘rise and fall of civilizations’ and ‘uneven development’; as ‘episodic’ rather than continuous (see also EPISODES, EPISODIC CHARACTERIZATION, EVOLUTIONARY THEORY).
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