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Development Problems of Multi-Ethnic Societies

  • Kurt Glaser

Abstract

In so far as multi-ethnicity determines the framework for development, the problems it raises are not special or unusual but almost universal in Africa. The typical African state contains a number of self-identifying ethnic groups of various sizes. Clifford Geertz, who has constructed a typology of ethnic patterns, classifies most of Africa in the category of ‘ethnic fragmentation’.1

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Political Development Accelerate Development Plural Society Territorial State Tribal Nation 
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Notes

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© South African Institute of International Affairs 1974

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