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Box 1) and relations rather than with political economy. Likewise, the latest report on the continent from the World Bank (1989b) on Sustainable Growth also covers the range of current issues, including gender , informal sector , industrialisation, and regionalism, yet its perspective, despite disclaimers and inconsistencies, remains determinedly traditional. This is particularly serious as the latter, like its predecessor Berg Report (Worid Bank, 1980), is likely to define the parameters of the pa radi gm for African studies in the 1990s (see final chapter and also Box 5).
16 Reformism and Revisionism Box 1 contillued African Societies and Political Culture concentrated on the AtIantic and Indian Ocean coasts contrast with Cape Dutch architecture in Southern Africa, Italian legacies in Ethiopia and the Sahel style in the Western deserts. The hardhats and work-boots of Southern Africa's miners contrast with the hoes of East and West Africa; the fashionableness of cities like Abidjan, Algiers , Cape Town , Dakar, Harare, and Nairobi with the timelessness of the continent's extensive rural areas.
Indeed, most of them tended to assurne that the state of Africa had changed little over the quarter-century since independence. The mid-1970s paperback overviews from Christopher Clapham, Richard HodderWilliams, Gus Liebenow, and Bill Tordoff were all cast largely within the modernisation tradition with a predictable emphasis on government, institut ions, leaders, policies, regimes and structurcs. There was little sense of either external or internal conflicts and constraints: neither thc se ries of crises of the 1980s nor the structural adjustll1l'1l1 Introduction 25 responses were anticipated.