LDS, Catholic and Secular Perspectives on Development in the Dominican Republic
Brigham Young University
This thesis discusses six world views concerning development in the Dominican Republic. Catholic and LDS traditions assert that full development is life with God and life with God as a god, respectively. The LDS church has experienced rapid growth in the Dominican Republic, but must deal with less active and illiterate members. The catholic tradition permeates Dominican culture but must deal both with a scarcity of priests and a schism among the clergy.
The secular chapter combines many secular views into four, based on lan Mitroff's and Ralph Kilmann's extension of C.G. Jung psychological types. Analytic Scientists have historically dominated secular development and believe that development means amassing specific knowledge. Projects based on the impersonal and the concrete have profited the wealthy while often failing to meet the needs of the poor. Conceptual Theorists seek to amass knowledge across paradigms. Conceptual Humanists desire the enrichment of humanity. Particular Humanists seek to free individuals for self-fulfillment. Persons within all three perspectives have at times ridiculed Analytical Scientists and have offered their own views of how development should be done.
To implement programs, people first need to understand their own worldview and then study and/or experience a foreign worldview. Only then will planners be able to implement policies that fit within the foreign society.