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Culture, Indigenous Knowledge and Development in Africa

Culture, Indigenous Knowledge and Development in Africa

Munyaradzi Mawere

Publication Year: 2014

The continent of Africa is richly endowed with diverse cultures, a body of indigenous knowledge and technologies. These bodies of knowledge and technologies that are indeed embodied in the diverse African cultures are as old as humankind. From time immemorial, they have been used to solve socio-economic, political, health, and environmental problems, and to respond to the development needs of Africans. Yet with the advent of colonialism and Western scientism, these African cultures, knowledges, and technologies have been despised and relegated to the periphery, to the detriment of the self-reliant development of Africans. It is out of this observation and realisation that this book was born. The book is an exploration of the practical problems resulting from AfricaĆ­s encounter with Euro-colonialism, a reflection of the nexus between indigenous knowledge, culture, and development, and indeed a call for the revival and reinstitution of indigenous knowledge, not as a challenge to Western science, but a complementary form of knowledge necessary to steer and promote sustainable development in Africa and beyond. This is a valuable book for policy makers, institutional planners, practitioners and students of social anthropology, education, political and social ecology, and development, African and heritage studies.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

I would like to thank Prof Francis Nyamnjoh and Dr Artwell Nhemachena for the rich discussions we often had at the University of Cape Town around issues that affect Africa and the African people. The discussions were indeed useful in...

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pp. ix-xiv

The interconnections between culture, indigenous knowledge, and development in Africa cannot be underestimated: it should not only be acknowledged but fortified if sustainable development on the continent is to be ever realised. The...

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Chapter 1. Culture, Indigenous Knowledge, and Development in Africa: Exploring the Interconnections

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pp. 1-22

This chapter, as partly with the focus of the book as a whole, is a broad interrogation of the intricate interconnections and relationships between culture, indigenous knowledge and development in Africa. The interconnections and...

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Chapter 2. Culture, indigenous knowledge and development in Africa since colonialism: The silenced narrative

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pp. 23-42

Culture contains indigenous knowledge of a people: it is the springboard of all humanity. Yet in Africa, culture has been despised by European settlers and missionaries for a long time now. This has been perpetuated by Euro-centric...

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Chapter 3. Indigenous Knowledge and Adaptation: Some Showcases from Africa

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pp. 43-80

Any human society (be it African, European, Indian etc.) has knowledge that is indigenous to its own people. Africa, thus, is not an exception to this truism, and it is a well-known fact that Africa as a continent is richly endowed with varied...

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Chapter 4. Technological Knowledge as a Component of Indigenous Knowledge Systems: The Resilience of African Science

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pp. 81-98

As described by National Research Foundation (NRF) (2000) of South Africa, indigenous knowledge systems (IKSs) (or what I call African indigenous sciences) are a complex set of knowledge and technologies existing and developed around...

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Chapter 5. Leveraging Sustainable Development in the Twenty-First Century Africa: A Critical Dialogue

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pp. 99-126

In chapter three of this book, I captured and elaborated on a considerable amount of indigenous knowledges (IKs) around the African continent. This was in a way to demonstrate the indispensability, applicability and transferability of IKs within...

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Chapter 6. Indigenous Knowledge, Culture and Education in Africa

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pp. 127-144

In all African countries especially in south of the Sahara, precolonial education system was based on the culture of the society or group of people concerned: it was not education embedded in the culture of the other as is the case today in...


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pp. 145-146


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pp. 147-169

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956791453
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956791910

Page Count: 184
Publication Year: 2014