A research strategy for analyzing the colonial state in Africa
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This paper presents a research strategy which can usefully be employed to advance the systematic analysis and understanding of the colonial state in Africa. The proposed research strategy is guided by the analytical concerns of comparative social science, especially those contained in the recent scholarship on the state and its role in society. These concerns are described in the first section of the paper. The research strategy also builds upon the paradigms and approaches to the state and state-society relations contained in the extant literature. These are critically reviewed in the next section of the paper. The substantive elements of the research strategy are then elucidated in the rest of the paper.
African Studies Center Working Paper No. 128
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