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THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
ISSN: 0331-4111
Volume 8, No. 1,  2010

DOI: 10.36108/NJSA/0102/80(0150)

Sociological Theory in Nigeria: What For?
Carolyne Dennis 

Abstract
The paper attempts to show that the sociological position of sociologists in Nigeria and their intellectual training is likely to give them a predisposition to accept a particular theoretical orientation. This is quantitative analysis based on Parsonian variables. It is argued that in the Nigerian context this approach has limitations which need to be recognised. An alternative theoretical orientation in terms of ‘subjective understanding’ and a ‘critical sociology’ is suggested and also the argument that if we are aware of the limitations of particular theories, we are more likely to be able to formulate an explanatory theory for Nigerian society. The argument is put forward that sociological theory in Europe and the United States developed in response to a situation of very rapid social change and that if one recognises the limitations on theories, developed in Europe, in the Nigerian context, perhaps the present situation of rapid social change in Nigeria will act as a similar stimulus to the development of sociological theory

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