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Title:Class structure and the economic development process in Nigeria: 1946-1975
Author:Aina, Tade AkinISNI
Periodical:The African Review: A Journal of African Politics, Development and International Affairs
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:class formation
economic development
Abstract:The relevance of class analysis as a mode of understanding the nature of political, economic and social development in Nigeria has been subjected to vigorous questioning by various scholars operating within conventional social science traditions. This paper, however, proceeds from the position which accepts the relevance and validity of class analysis for an understanding of the nature and problems of development and underdevelopment of contemporary African societies. The intention is to examine the emerging class structure of what now constitutes Nigeria, relate this to associated processes such as class formation (a process discerning the dominant, the intermediate and the dominated class), class action and class struggles and then examine these in terms of their interaction with the economic development process between 1946 and 1975. An important aspect of this exercise is the consideration of how the elements of policy formulation and implementation within this specific development process are related to the differential place of the various classes and strata within the Nigerian social formation. Notes, ref.