The purpose of this case study is to illustrate actual changes that have taken place throughout one village area over the past 135 years. This is in relation to how government policies, global market influences, and infrastructural development have had an impact on the communities’ natural environment, socioeconomic conditions, and psychosocial functioning.
This essay, while taking a critical stance on modern development, uses cross-section data analysis from previous studies, observations, and in-depth interviews of key persons for focusing on the prefix “de” of development, denoting, removal or reversal. Overall, what is development taking away from culturally traditional ways of life in exchange for more modern (versus traditional) ways of life? What are the replacements as well as the short and potential long-term impacts? Also, what is being gained?
The idea, this thesis per se, is such that by illustrating the societal effects that modern development has, and continues to have, on one community area, one society, a model may be created for better understanding the related affects of development on humanity overall. This knowledge may as well serve toward analysis of world areas that have either been previously developed, are underway, or are slated for such changes.