EXISTENTIAL INTERROGATION OF MAX WEBER'S CULTURAL DETERMINISM AND ITS IMPLICATION ON AFRICA'S DEVELOPMENT
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Existentialism, Culture, Determinism, Possibilism, Development.

Abstract

Culture is a critical factor in the development of a people, it is without doubt the foundation upon which a formidable socioeconomic structure necessary for development can be built. However, since the time of Weber, culture took a deterministic nomecleture, by asserting that a given set of cultural factors will give rise to a given pattern of socio-economic life. Thus, in Weber's and other cultural determinists view, certain 'traditional cultures' in most Third World Countries are negative and as such contributed to economic backwardness and poverty. This work rejects this view and argues for cultural possibilismin the existential tradition. We submits that culture is not static but rather dynamic through man's existential powers, who has the ability to recreate or reconstitute the world as he deems fit.

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