African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 165

Review

A critique of modernization and dependency theories in Africa: Critical assessment

  J. Matunhu    
Department of Development Studies, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe. 
Email: [email protected]

  • Article Number - 894321340948
  • Vol.3(5), pp. 65-72, June 2011
  •  Accepted: 06 April 2011
  •  Published: 30 June 2011

Abstract

 

The way states and development specialists rationalize how to commit economic resources to development is influenced, to a greater extent by their level of persuasion towards specific development theories. The discourse assesses the influence of modernization and dependency theories on Africa’s development. The conclusion is that both theories have failed to help develop Africa. The discourse pins hope on the African Renaissance theory of development.

 

Key words: Modernization, dependency, rural underdevelopment, African renaissance.

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