ERIC Number: EJ699081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Reference Count: 56
Lessons from Biafra: The Structuration of Socially Relevant Science in the Research and Production Directorate
Ukaegbu, Chikwendu Christian
Social Forces, v83 n4 p1395-1423 Jun 2005
Africa's dismal economic performance is directly attributable to its weakness in the production and use of modern technology. Even Nigeria, a country with immense human and material resources, coupled with significant scientific infrastructure, has not yet been able to manage the all-important technological leap forward. The situation was different in Biafra (1967?70), when indigenous scientists and engineers performed socially relevant science without the preconditions conventionally perceived as necessary for technological development. Anchored in structuration theory, this article explores the sociology of scientific and technological practice in Biafra, outlines the achievements of Biafran scientists and engineers, and offers explanations of why the Biafran technological success has not been replicable in post-civil war Nigeria. Discussion concludes with a suggestion for development-driven geopolitical restructuring.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientists, Technological Advancement, Technology Education, War, Research, Social Capital
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Nigeria