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Journal of Anthropology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 327061, 7 pages
Research Article

Causes and Consequences of Rapid Erosion of Cultural Values in a Traditional African Society

Department of Sociology, Lagos State University, PMB 1087, Lagos State, Nigeria

Received 9 December 2011; Revised 9 February 2012; Accepted 10 February 2012

Academic Editor: Kaushik Bose

Copyright © 2012 E. O. Wahab et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The culture of a people is their identity as it affords them due recognition. This paper therefore is aimed at examining the causes and consequences of rapid erosion of cultural values in nigeria. Social change theory was used in this paper. This study was carried out in ado-odo/ota lga, with a sample size of 203. Simple statistics like frequency distribution, percentile were used. Chi-square statistics was used in testing the hypotheses. The study found out that there is a positive relationship between social forces such as colonialism, westernization and erosion of cultural values. Also, it was found that there is a positive relationship between the local family structure and the foreign culture. The study concludes that forceful imposition of foreign culture should be discouraged.