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Development and Diffusionism

Looking Beyond Neopatrimonialism in Nigeria, 1962–1985

Authors: Dibua, J.

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This book deconstructs the neopatrimonial paradigm that has dominated analysis of Nigerian and African development. It shows that by denying agency to Nigerian societies and devaluing indigenous culture and local realities, Eurocentric diffusionism played a significant role in the failure of development planning.

About the authors

Jeremiah I. Dibua is a Professor of History and coordinator, Graduate Programs in History and African American Studies at Morgan State University, Baltimore, USA. He has published extensively on modern African history, politics and economy, and on the political economy of development. He is the author of Modernization and the Crisis of Development in Africa: The Nigerian Experience (2006).

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'I find this book to be cogent in its arguments and criticisms, and apt and rigorous in its theoretical analysis. It represents par excellence a good blend and balance of theoretical and empirical analyses and it is a paradigm of how theoretical and empirical analyses can mutually support and inform each other to produce a good scholarly work. As a philosopher whose interest is primarily in theoretical work, I find this book to be invaluable to people, especially African philosophers, who are interested in the theories and philosophy of development, and the idea of using philosophical theories to inform the practical issues of development in Africa.' - Polycarp Ikuenobe, Professor of Philosophy, Kent State University, USA

'Revisionist in its approach and erudition, the book shifts the locus of inquiry into Africa's development challenges from neopatrimonialism to Euro-American hegemony and globalism within the context of neo-colonialism and the Cold War. It is a significant contribution to the discourses on development policies and implementation strategies, their attendant hiccups, and the role of the state and external forces in the process.' - Apollos Okwuchi Nwauwa, Professor of History & Director, Africana Studies Program, Bowling Green State University, USA

'Jeremiah I. Dibua's Development and Diffusionism eloquently adopts a historical perspective and case study approach, in exploring the influence of Eurocentric diffusionism on development policies in Nigeria. Using elaborate theoretical and empirical evidence, he effectively challenges the received wisdom that the Weberian-influenced neopatrimonial paradigm tries to foster through their attribution of the failures of development policies in Nigeria to only internal factors.' - Onaiwu W. Ogbomo, Professor of Africana Studies & History, Western Michigan University, USA


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Neopatrimonialism, Eurocentric Diffusionism, and Development Planning

    Dibua, Jeremiah I.

    Pages 1-23

  • Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Development Planning

    Dibua, Jeremiah I.

    Pages 25-46

  • Colonial Planning and the Foundations of Eurocentric Diffusionism

    Dibua, Jeremiah I.

    Pages 47-72

  • Postcolonial Planning and the Dialectics of Neopatrimonialism

    Dibua, Jeremiah I.

    Pages 73-107

  • Planning and Agricultural Development in Bendel State

    Dibua, Jeremiah I.

    Pages 109-148

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Development and Diffusionism
Book Subtitle
Looking Beyond Neopatrimonialism in Nigeria, 1962–1985
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Jeremiah I. Dibua
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-28665-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137286659
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-28664-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-44938-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 255
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