Development and Diffusionism

Looking Beyond Neopatrimonialism in Nigeria, 1962–1985

  • Authors
  • Jeremiah I. Dibua

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Jeremiah I. Dibua
    Pages 149-168
  3. Jeremiah I. Dibua
    Pages 169-183
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 185-255

About this book


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.


Africa culture development planning state

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-44938-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-28665-9
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