Article from ROAPE Volume 4 Number 8
Concept of ‘Development’

The Concept of ‘Development’
Vol.4 No.8 (Spring 1977), pp7-20
Rather than just debate whether there is an ‘African capitalism’ and whether it can be ‘developmental’ such questions are themselves rejected as meaningless. There is no satisfactory definition of ‘development’ that does not already imply ‘capitalism’ , even on the most technological definition. Theories of underdevelopment thus beg the question. Moreover insofar as they offer justification for the ‘logic’ of socialism, they are focusing on utopian questions of its desirability, and not on the scientific and politically practical issue: that is, as capitalism develops, what social forces are being generated which can bring about transition?