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Title:The intellectual dimensions of corruption in Nigeria
Author:Omotola, J. SholaISNI
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Economics, Commerce
Social values
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487622
Abstract:Against the background of the deepening crisis of the Nigerian academy, this paper analyses the intellectual dimensions of corruption in Nigeria. It argues that the incorporation of the academy, particularly its intellectual components, into the 'corruption enterprise' has impacted on corruption discourses and analyses. Notably it has led to the polarization into two realms, the public and the private, the former connoting the government and characterized by strong radicalism, the latter representing essentially the academic community and characterized by liberal tendencies. This characterization represents in itself a distinct dimension of intellectual corruption, apart from its other forms. This development has had negative implications for both State and society, particularly for their democratization and developmental drives through the reversal and perversion of routinized academic culture of quality teaching, research and publication. Unless critical measures are taken to sanitize the Nigerian academy within a broader framework of a reformist State, corruption analysis may not advance the anti-corruption crusade of government. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]