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ISSN: 0331-4111
Volume 15, No. 1  (2017)


Modernization and Development: A Historico-Contemporary Approach Through Justin Labinjoh’s Narratives
Olarenwaju A. Olutayo1, Obatunde B. Adetola2,  Ayokunle O. Omobowale1, Olayinka Akanle1, Dauda D. Busari1 & Abel Akintunde3
1Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
2Department of Psychology and Sociology, Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago-Iwoye, Ogun state, Nigeria
3Department of Sociology, Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, Nigeria


Understanding development is a strategic issue in every human society. This is because central to humans is the need to develop, which is why societies over the ages have not only sought to develop, they have also attempted to understand what development is all about, how best to develop and what the outcomes of development should be. This is why scholars and nations have commonly categorized countries/societies as developed and developing/underdeveloped. Of interest however are continuous scholarly attempts at unravelling trends in development discourse. This article therefore engages the contributions of Justin Labinjoh, a foremost development thinker and scholar at the University of Ibadan until his death in 2001. Focussing on his unpublished manuscript ‘Development: A History and Critique of an Idea’, the paper reviews how the history of Western Europe informed, and is still informing Sociology as a discipline, its theories and, by extension, Sociology of Development which has been dominated by
modernization theory.
Keywords: Development, modernization, historico-contemporary approach, Justin Labinjoh

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