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Title:Sustainable Development in Unstable Societies: The Dilemma of Communication Research in Africa
Author:Owens-Ibie, Noma
Periodical:Humanities Review Journal
Geographic term:Africa
political stability
mass communication
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Abstract:Communication research in Africa has had a slow growth rate, which bespeaks situations in the society itself and raises the question as to whether it is possible to achieve sustainable development in unstable societies. The gains of the late 1970s and early 1980s have not been shored-up. This cycle of retardation may continue unless researchers address basic structural and functional defects in African societies, specifically the phenomenon of unstable governments and policies, unstable economies and directionless objectives, as well as the appalling social life and largely prostrate social services and infrastructure. While these are in themselves of research interest to several foreign scholars, African researchers must contribute to the realization of a new order where sustainable development is a clearly visible goal. Bibliogr., online sum. [Journal abstract]