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Title:Some Notes on Social Stratification and Social Change in Africa: Some Theoretical Considerations
Author:Mansour, Fawzy
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:social structure
centre and periphery
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Development and Technology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24486372
Abstract:In the world capitalist system African countries occupy a place as peripheral social formations and, as such, are faced with problems of nation formation, economic development, and social transformation, all requiring simultaneous solution. In this context, the author outlines a theoretical framework for the analysis of internal social stratification in the following sections: The colonial and the peripheral social formations, a distinction - The general and the specific in studying African social formations - The double role of tribal and ethnic affiliations - The extended family as an element in raising social consciousness - High labour turnover - The fiction of an undifferentiated peasantry - Two special circumstances raising social consciousness - Theoretical possibility and actual fulfilment - Complications arising from the ungoing processes of nation-formation - Three varieties of the peripheral social formation - Alternation between liberal-capitalism and bureaucratic-capitalism as a basic law of the peripheral social formation. Notes, french sum.