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Title:Indigenization, perspectives and trends in recent African social science: the Nigerian case
Author:Aina, Tade AkinISNI
Periodical:Zeitschrift für Afrikastudien
Geographic term:Nigeria
social sciences
Abstract:This paper first outlines the development of the social sciences in Africa. In particular, it deals with the expatriate origin of the social sciences and with attempts at indigenization, seen not in terms of research site or personnel, but in terms of research issues and questions and their relevance to the African situation. Next, the author discusses recent trends and perspectives in African social science, distinguishing between conventional social science, radical social science, nationalist or cultural nationalist orientations, and the political economy approach. Some examples from Nigeria are cited to illustrate the latter approach. Finally, attention is paid to the recent debate between Yusuf Bala Usman and Yusuf Bangura on the Nigerian economic crisis and the nature of Nigerian capitalism. Bibliogr., ref., sum. in German.