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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Indigenization, perspectives and trends in recent African social science: the Nigerian case
Author:Aina, Tade AkinISNI
Year:1987
Periodical:Civilisations
Volume:37
Issue:1
Pages:19-38
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:science
Africanization
social sciences
Abstract:Analysis of the development of the social sciences in Africa, focusing on their Western origin and on attempts at indigenization. Indigenization is not seen in terms of personnel or research sites, but rather in terms of the relevance of research questions to the African situation. Recent trends within conventional as well as radical social science are indicated, and special attention is given to nationalist or cultural nationalist orientations and to the political economy approach. The latter is illustrated with examples from Nigeria. Although some progress has been made in indigenizing African social science, there are still massive problems to be resolved. Among these are the dependence of the African intellectual world on the metropolitan centres of Europe and North America, and the connection, in many countries, between politics and research and the consequent avoidance of studying sensitive issues. Ref., sum. in French.
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