Although the concept of a take-off to self-sustaining economic growth has been influential, Rostow's argument was subsequently the object of a sustained critique by dependency theorists in sociology, most notably in a famous and much-reproduced article by Andre Gunder Frank (‘Sociology of Development and Underdevelopment of Sociology’, 1967)
which castigates Rostow (among others) for ignoring the history of imperialism and neo-colonialism. The theory is now widely discredited but the idea of a take-off point remains part of the language of economic development.
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