Sociologists have developed two theories to help us understand global inequality: modernization theory and dependency theory, which are discussed in your textbook. You will write a paper comparing modernization theory and dependency theory.


  1. In your own words, describe modernization theory and dependency theory. How do these two theories differ? Which theory is more useful for explaining global inequality? Explain using examples that compare and contrast your selection with the other theory.
  2. According to modernization theory and dependency theory, what is the United States’ place in the global stratification structure? Explain.
  3. Can modernization theory and dependency theory be applied to stratification within the United States? Why or why not? Explain using an example. [MO 6.4, MO 6.5]

You are expected to use examples and reliable sources to support your arguments. This writing assignment should be 4 to 5 pages (1000 to 1375 words) using 12-point Times New Roman and 1-inch margins. You are required to have citations for this paper and a reference section that is APA-formatted. Your paper should have an introduction and a conclusion.

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