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Africa Projected: From Recession to Renaissance by the Year by Timothy M. Shaw, Olajide Aluko

By Timothy M. Shaw, Olajide Aluko

This booklet offers an unique and important assessment of Africa's diversified political economies which takes into consideration modern crises, present analyses, historic insights, and projected difficulties. as well as treating new information, it proposes a singular framework for research including classification coalitions in addition to contradictions and emphasizes department in addition to co-operation in the bourgeoisie and proletariat.

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22 No researcher, party to this debate conducted largely in the African context, was suggesting - to look at dependency theory's general strengths - that the dominant forces at work in Africa, or in the Third World generally, were other than expatriate. What they were not prepared to accept, however, was the restrictive nature of a class analysis based on the notion of the growth of a structurally-determined bourgeoisie, be it 'bureaucratic' or whatever. Such a position, as Leys indicated, could only deflect us from asking more important questions about a more numerous and more general dominant class and its relations to the post-colonial 20 The State in Africa state; particular questions about the extent to which the dominant class undermined, as opposed to supported, external interests.

David Ricci, 'The Reading of Thomas Kuhn in the Post-Behavioural Era', Western Political Quarterly, 30, 1977, 7-34. 3. For a discussion of this contention see Richard Higgott, 'Understanding Modernisation and Marxist Theories of Development: The Importance of Historiographical Analysis', American Political Science Association, New York, September 1981. 4. For general discussions see inter alia, Henry Bernstein, 'Modernisation Theory and the Sociological Study of Development', Journal of Development Studies, 7, (2), 1971, 141-60; Andre Gunder Frank, The Sociology of Development and the Underdevelopment of Sociology (London: Pluto Press, 1981 ); Dean Tipps, 'Modernisation Theory and the Comparative Study of Societies: a critical perspective', Comparative Studies in Society and History, 15, 1973, 199-226; and Richard Higgott, 'Competing Theoretical Perspectives on Development and Underdevelopment: A Recent Intellectual History', Politics, 13(1), 1978,26-41.

The subsequent substitution, in the early years after independence, of the personnel of a growing national dominant class at the expense of settlers would appear to have obvious future parallels for a state such as Zimbabwe, given Zimbabwe's favourable endowments, very high levels of international penetration and recent history of innovation in the face of externally-created obstacles. eys, albeit in somewhat laboured Marxian terminology, calls 'a "systematical combination of moments" conducive to the transition to the capitalist mode of production'.

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