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Title:Education and politicization
Author:Grey, Robert D.
Periodical:The Conch: A Biafran Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
popular participation
Abstract:Political participation, however defined, is not widespread in Africa. It is always limited to a narrow elite, who share one characteristic - by the standards of their societies, they are highly educated. The present paper attempts to evaluate the proposition that it is their education which has made political actors out of Africa's elites (and counter elites). The author assesses the empirical evidence concerning the impact of education on political attitudes, including results from his own study on education and politics in Ethiopia. However, to demonstrate that under some conditions formal schooling can create or change certain political attitudes is not to demonstrate its link to participation. However, empirical evidence for this relationship is strong and leads the author to speculate as to the determinants of the link between education and participation. Ref. Commentary by G. Gary KOWALCYCK on p. 172/175.