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Title:African Social Sciences and Development in the New Century: Challenges and Prospects
Author:Anugwom, Edlyne E.
Year:2004
Periodical:African Development Review
Volume:16
Issue:2
Period:September
Pages:399-414
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:social sciences
social scientists
development
Bibliography/Research
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
Link:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1017-6772.2004.00097.x/pdf
Abstract:This article examines the travails of the social sciences in Africa since the postcolonial era. It pinpoints the fact that the ability of the social sciences to be really meaningful to the delusive development quest by Africa has been undermined by a combination of structural and epistemological problems. These problems range from the dismal economic environment in the continent, the structural limitations imposed on research, poor conditions of service to laziness and epistemological inferiority among African social scientists. However, the article posits that the current wind of change blowing across Africa, a re-examination of the epistemology of the field and a conscientious self-reappraisal will ultimately reposition the social sciences to play significant roles in the development of Africa. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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