African international relations: A metafunctional approach, 2011

Collection:
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Title:
African international relations: A metafunctional approach, 2011
Creator:
Wheatley, Ricardo
Contributor to Resource:
Awomolo, Abi
Ledgister, F.S.J.
Gibrill, Hashim
Date of Original:
2011-05-01
Subject:
Degrees, Academic
Dissertations, Academic
Location:
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Medium:
dissertations
theses
Type:
Text
Format:
application/pdf
Description:
Degree Type: dissertation
Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Date of Degree: 2011
Granting Institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department/ School: School of Arts and Sciences, Political Science
This study examines the descriptive utility of a meta-theoretical approach over the traditionally applied general theory approach to African International Relations. It argues in favor of the meta-theoretical approach commonly employed in US foreign policy studies as yielding greater explanatory capacity to describing the behavior and relations of the African state than traditional approaches based on a single primary determinant. It suggests that a multiple primary determinant approach to assessing African state behavior and relations grants greater theoretical and empirical parallels to state and system structure and behavior than analysis based on a single determinant. This study builds a meta-theory of International Relations (metafunctionalism) by which to assess African state behavior and relations utilizing the most commonly applied and descriptive conventional and non-conventional theories within the discipline. Metafunctionalism combines multiple theoretical approaches while negating the contradictions between them that would limit their relative explanatory capacity. It employs the theories of functionalism, evolution, realism, liberalism, neomarxism(international class theory). The presentation of a metafunctional model of African International Relations will provide an alternative lens by which to view African state behavior and relations and address the fundamental problems of description and consensus within African political discourse.
Metadata URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12322/cau.td:2011_wheatley_ricardo
Language:
eng
Holding Institution:
Clark Atlanta University
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