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Title:'If J.J. Roberts didn't finish it, who will finish it?': a survey of five sociopolitical deficits in Liberia's development culture
Author:Nagbe, K. MosesISNI
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal (ISSN 0024-1989)
Geographic term:Liberia
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political sociology
Abstract:The author links four interdisciplinary theories to the subject of national development focusing on Liberia. He argues that in development matters, what people say and repeat shapes their values, standards, and attitudes. The statement in the title: 'If J.J. Roberts didn't finish it, who will finish it?', in other words, 'if Joseph Jenkins Roberts, the first president of Liberia, did not complete the task of nation building, who else can complete it?', provides a window to the causal relationship that runs through language, thought, and action. In that context, the author identifies a number of sociopolitical deficits in the Liberian development culture evoked by the J.J. Roberts statement. He also relies on numerous archival resources and many years of observing and writing about the Liberian character to discuss the topic. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]