International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The African State and the Social Sciences: In Search of an Ideology and Institution for Development
Dr. M. M. Fadakinte

This paper interrogates the state and the social sciences which are two crucial necessities in driving development. And Africa lacks the two. The African society in so chaotic that the state is fraught with crises, occasioned by factional struggle for power, while the social sciences are begging for relevance. Consequently, the crises of African development are partly due to the fact that the state and the social sciences are in serious crisis (the state) and are not relevant (the social sciences). Thus, there is an urgent need for a redefinition of state – society relations (politics) and a critical examination of the present field of the social sciences, (ideology) for meaning and relevance, in Africa.

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