Integral Community Enterprise in Africa: Communitalism as an Alternative to Capitalism

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At a time of global economic crisis and disillusionment with capitalism, Adodo offers refreshing and positive insight into a more integral way of business management, enterprise and community development as well as holistic healing in Africa. For over three decades, Africa was the recipient of billions of dollars in aid funds that were meant to catapult the continent from undeveloped to developed status. Yet the more the aid poured in, the poorer African countries became.

The devastating effect of western economic models in Africa that followed is well documented. Integral Community Enterprise in Africa exposes the limitations of existing theories, such as capitalism, socialism and communism, and shows how western theories were imposed on Africa. Such imposition of concepts and ideas is not only demeaning but also unsustainable, serving only the interest of the elite.

Father Anselm Adodo argues for the need to have a southern theory to serve as an alternative to western theories. The majority of African intellectuals and activists, while criticizing existing theories, often do not provide alternative theories to address the prevalent inadequacies entrenched in conventional social, political and economic systems. This revolutionary book aims to address this lapse and proposes the theory of communitalism as a more indigenous, sustainable and integral approach to tackling the social, political, economic and developmental challenges of today’s Africa. There is an African alternative to capitalism, socialism and communism – a surer path to sustainable development in and from Africa.

This is a book that is positioned at the very core of a much needed African Renaissance. A profoundly new approach to development in Africa, this is essential reading for anyone concerned with authentic development in Africa and in the world.

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About the author

Anselm Adodo, OSB is the founder and director of Nigeria’s foremost herbal research institute, the Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories. He is a prominent advocate of African herbal medicine research, indigenous knowledge systems, rural community development, health policy reform and transformation of education in Africa.

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Routledge
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Published on
Apr 3, 2017
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Pages
172
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ISBN
9781351794909
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Business Ethics
Business & Economics / Corporate Finance / General
Business & Economics / Corporate Governance
Business & Economics / Development / Economic Development
Business & Economics / Development / Sustainable Development
Business & Economics / Entrepreneurship
Business & Economics / Environmental Economics
Business & Economics / Finance / General
Business & Economics / General
Business & Economics / Government & Business
Business & Economics / Industries / Agribusiness
Business & Economics / Leadership
Business & Economics / Small Business
Business & Economics / Urban & Regional
Business & Economics / Women in Business
Business & Economics / Workplace Culture
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