THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Volume 11, No. 2, (2013)
Challenges and Prospects of Teaching and Researching in Industrial Sociology in Nigeria
Emeka E. Okafor
Department of Sociology University of Ibadan Ibadan, Nigeria
This paper takes a retrospective look at the issues surrounding teaching and researching in Industrial Sociology in Nigeria so as to project into the future. It discusses the challenges facing industrial sociology such as workers’ apathy towards academic research, organisation’s attitude to academic study, limited application of dominant theories, question of professional status of the discipline, and perceived worth and market value of the sub-discipline. Despite the challenges, this paper identified future prospects of the sub-discipline in a rapid expansion of the discipline, role of practitioners’ associations, the influence of globalization, contextualizing industrial sociology, and entrepreneurship education. It is argued that continued relevance of Industrial sociology in Nigeria would depend largely on critical issues
such as socio-economic conditions of the workers, quality and mindset of graduate students, collaborative academic research, channels for dissemination of research findings, and utilisation of ICT services.
Keywords: collaborative research, globalization, contextualized industrial sociology, Nigerian workers