Scientific Capital and Engagement in African Universities

Scientific Capital and Engagement in African Universities
The Case of the Social Sciences at Makerere University
Patrício V Langa

In this paper, it is argued that Bourdieu’s concept of scientific capital constitutes a useful tool with which to discriminate universities, discipline fields and academics through their intellectual productivity. This notion offers more practical and heuristic possibilities than the concept of engagement, which seems to be recurrent since the mid-1990s in some literature (Gibbons et al. 1994; Hall 2008). An additional subject of the research was the nature of the networks in which academics engage with both academic and non-academic constituencies.

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