Explaining Disease: A Chapter in Nigerian Historiography
Social Evolution & History: Forthcoming
Posted: 8 Jan 2020 Last revised: 8 Sep 2020
Date Written: February 24, 2019
This article examines the issue of historical utility with a focus on the contributions of the sub-fields of environmental and medical history to the development of Nigerian historiography. First, the article mapped out the place of Nigerian historiography in “glocal” view. It proceeds to evaluate the notion of “universality” embodied in the “scientification” of historical reality through theoretical expositions. Underpinned by the explanatory dichotomies that project theoretical divisions along the Western triumphalist paradigm, racist-Afrocentric category, and the emerging critical synthesis, it concludes that the latter embodied in the plurality and multidisciplinary narrative of disease pathology unveils alternative pathway for utilitarian Nigerian historiography.
Keywords: Disease Processes, Environmental History, Globalization, Historical Epidemiology, Historical Utility, Medical History, Nigerian Historiography
JEL Classification: F54, I10, I18, B52
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