The Postcolonial Turn
Re-Imagining Anthropology and Africa
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: African Books Collective
Title Page, Copyright
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List of Figures
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Jimi O. Adesina, until recently professor of sociology, Rhodes University; currently professor of sociology, University of the Western Cape, firstname.lastname@example.org ...
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Chapter 1. The Postcolonial Turn: An Introduction
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This book engages a scholarly debate on the postcolonial turn in the academe, and in anthropology in particular, in and of Africa. Sociocultural endogeneity and its shadow side –namely the largely fantasised alterity projected onto the alien socioculture– as well as the cross-pollination between so-called ‘universal’ science ...
Part 1. A Staunch Critique of Intellectual Colonialism and the Pursuit of Sociocultural Endogeneity
Chapter 2. Africanity: A Combative Ontology
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This article is inspired by Out of One, Many Africas (1999), an incredible intellectual insurrection instigated by William Martin and Michael West. For their courage, persistence, and intellectual integrity, they deserve, and the recognition. The best way of appreciating their contribution would have been to review their book in full ...
Chapter 3. Against Alterity – The Pursuit of Endogeneity: Breaking Bread with Archie Mafeje
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The passing away of Professor Archibald Monwabisi Mafeje on 28 March 2007 was a great shock to so many within the African social science community and beyond. At a personal level, it was particularly shocking: Archie, as we fondly refer to him, was to be with us at Rhodes University ...
Chapter 4. Mafeje and Langa: The Start of an Intellectual’s Journey
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Archie Mafeje’s contribution to Monica Wilson’s research project in the township of Langa in Cape Town was crucial. Wilson employed Mafeje as the project’s field researcher from late 1961 to mid-1962. He worked very hard in this capacity, explaining – in a letter to Wilson – that, particularly in the early part of his field research, ...
Part 2. Bifocality at the Core of the Borderlinking Anthropological Endeavour
Chapter 5. What is an Anthropologist?
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Throughout this address, I would like to invite you to follow us, namely Maama Maria my wife who is here with us today and myself, into four journeys or comings and goings; first, between Flanders and Congo; second, between our University of Leuven and the University of Kinshasa; ...
Chapter 6. Existential Dilemmas of a North Atlantic Anthropologist in the Production of Relevant Africanist Knowledge
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When, nearly half a century after the end of colonial rule, an African university grants an honorary degree to a prominent researcher from the former colonising country, this is a significant step in the global liberation of African difference (to paraphrase Mudimbe’s 1997 expression). ...
Chapter 7. Kata Nomon: Letter to René Devisch
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What a paradox is this discourse of the honorary degree which you received from the University of Kinshasa. It identifies with and comments on an interrogation about the future of a discipline from its external conditions. These, while contributing to a definition of anthropology, mark also the relevance of a space ...
Chapter 8. The Shared Borderspace, a Rejoinder
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I am very grateful for the great tribute extended me by distinguished colleagues who have offered a wealth of comments and questions on my stance as a postcolonial anthropologist. In order to clarify such a stance, I may venture to place those comments and, indeed, questions within the context of a ‘borderspace’ ...
Part 3. Cross-pollination in African Academe between Cosmopolitan Sciences and Local Knowledge
Chapter 9. All Knowledge is first of all Local Knowledge
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All knowledge is first of all local knowledge. This simple statement regarding the humble roots of knowledge production and sharing is for us critical in addressing the vital issues of rehabilitating in today’s increasingly interactive and polycentric world the corpus of what has variously been labelled as ethnoscience and indigenous, endogenous or local knowledge. ...
Chapter 10. Is there one Science, Western Science?
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Over thirty years ago, while I was writing my doctoral thesis at the Catholic University of Leuven, a thesis incidentally titled, ‘Can there be an African Philosophy? A Hermeneutical inquiry into the conditions of its possibility,’ I was concurrently taking lessons in social and cultural anthropology. ...
Chapter 11. Ethnomathematics, Geometry and Educational Experiences in Africa
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Ethnomathematics is the relatively young field of research that started to emerge in the 1970s and 1980s among mathematics educators and researchers worried about the mathematical marginalisation of the peoples, in particular the poor, of the Third World and of people of African descent and other minorities in the First World (for an overview, see Gerdes, 1996). ...
Part 4. Toward the Local Domestication of the Ruling Modern Logic: The ‘Clash of Civilisations’ Revisited
Chapter 12. Immunizing Strategies: Hip-hop and Critique in Tanzania
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Hip-hop stands for the fashion and the music genre of rap that originated some thirty years ago from African American inner-city culture. The raw accounts of life at the periphery of society raised political awareness, just as the civil rights movement had done before. Today hip-hop permeates popular culture. ...
Chapter 13. Christian Moderns: Parody in Matricentric Christian Healing Communnes of the Sacred Spirit in Kinshasa
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Matricentric healing communes described below concern those whose activities are associated with the independent church movement in the Congolese Capital Kinshasa, known as Mpeve Ya Nlongo. This name can be loosely rendered as ‘of the [ancestralcum- sacred] spirit of the other world’. ...
Chapter 14. Responding to Rooted Cosmopolitanism: Patriots, Ethnics and the Public Good in Botswana
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Kwame Anthony Appiah ends his brilliantly insightful essays on postcolonial Africa and culture with his moving story of his father’s funeral in Kumasi (1992: 181-192). It is, surprisingly, a story of conflict, of putting the ties that bind to severe and very public test, to the point of damage, perhaps beyond repair. ...
Chapter 15. Epilogue: Opening up the Research Design in and on Africa: ‘To Souls Forgotten’
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Peaphweng Ndyu’s divination was long and exciting. It was also his most elaborate as far as the notables could recollect, which made him all the more credible. He used the sophisticated technique of combining cowries with the stiff sharp quills of the porcupine to unmask hidden causes and effects. ...
Page Count: 466
Publication Year: 2011