Integral Community Enterprise in Africa: Communitalism as an Alternative to Capitalism - Transformation and Innovation (Hardback)Anselm Adodo (author)
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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.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 172
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 mm
'A work of genius with high reflective ambience, originality and vision, requiring a major restructuring of our epistemological armament. A must read for intellectuals of all descents seeking to achieve multicultural reach through transcultural disciplinary approach.' - Prof. G.O Ozumba, Centre for Integrative Humanism, University of Calabar, Nigeria
'Anselm Adodo proposes communitalism as an indigenous, sustainable and integral approach to tackling the developmental challenges of contemporary Africa. This book documents a personal and community journey, but it's relevance is universal.' - Dr. Edward Paice, Director, Africa Research Institute, London, UK
'Communitalism is based on the premise that all humans, communities and nations must seek solutions to their problems from within. Adodo demonstrates this by the successful experiments conducted in a rural community in Nigeria. The key strength of communitalism is that it can be replicated anywhere. Africa is in dire need of such a theory originating from Africa.' - Prof. Ohioma Pogoson, Director, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
'In modern times we are looking for an integral vision of our world and the human being after the unity has fallen apart: East and West, North and South, individual and community, science and spirituality and economics. Father Anselm Adodo, known for his research in traditional herbal medicine, is presenting a new integral vision, the theory of Communitalism. This is true African Wisdom, enriching the other cultures of this globe.' - Notker Wolf, O.S.B., Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Order, Rome, Italy
'An intellectually brilliant and elegantly argued theory for all who wish to understand Africa and its stunted economic growth and development. Adodo presents refreshing and home-grown pathways to holistic development in Africa.' - Samuel Etatuvie, Director-General, Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency, Nigeria
'A profoundly new approach to development in Africa: a must read for anyone concerned with authentic development around the world. A book that is positioned at the very core of a much needed African Renaissance.' - Prof. Alexander Schieffer, Co-founder, Trans4m Centre for Integral Development, Geneva, Switzerland
'Anselm Adodo goes to the heart of the matter - resilient societies build on resilient communities. Resilient communities allow individuals to flourish and bring out their full creativity. If we are to move from collective stupidity to collective wisdom, we need to listen to the wisdom of those who care. This is a book not just for Africa, but for the world.' - Kosha Anja Joubert, CEO Global Ecovillage Network
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