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The Resource The postcolonial turn : [re-imagining anthropology and Africa], edited by René Devisch, Francis Nyamnjoh, (electronic book)

The postcolonial turn : [re-imagining anthropology and Africa], edited by René Devisch, Francis Nyamnjoh, (electronic book)

Label
The postcolonial turn : [re-imagining anthropology and Africa]
Title
The postcolonial turn
Title remainder
[re-imagining anthropology and Africa]
Statement of responsibility
edited by René Devisch, Francis Nyamnjoh
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This innovative book is a forward-looking reflection on mental decolonisation and the postcolonial turn in Africanist scholarship. As a whole, it provides five decennia-long lucid and empathetic research involvements by seasoned scholars who came to live, in local peopleís own ways, significant daily events experienced by communities, professional networks and local experts in various African contexts. The book covers materials drawn from Botswana, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania. Themes include the Whelan Research Academy, rap musicians, political leaders, wise men and women, healers, Sacred Spirit churches, diviners, bards and weavers who are deemed proficient in the classical African geometrical knowledge. As a tribute to late Archie Mafeje who showed real commitment to decolonise social sciences from western-centred modernist development theories, commentators of his work pinpoint how these theories sought to dismiss the active role played by African people in their quest for self-emancipation. One of the central questions addressed by the book concerns the role of an anthropologist and this issue is debated against the background of the academic lecture delivered by RenÈ Devisch when receiving an honorary doctoral degree at the University of Kinshasa. The lecture triggered critical but constructive comments from such seasoned experts as Valentin Mudimbe and Wim van Binsbergen. They excoriate anthropological knowledge on account that the anthropologist, notwithstanding his or her social and cognitive empathy and intense communication with the host community, too often fails to also question her own world and intellectual habitus from the standpoint of her hosts. Leading anthropologists carry further into great depth the bifocal anthropological endeavour focussing on local peopleís re-imagining and re-connecting the local and global. The book is of interest to a wide readership in the humanities, social sciences, philosophy and the history of the African continent and its relation with the North
Member of
Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
GN645
LC item number
.P67 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1961-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Devisch, Rene
  • Nyamnjoh, Francis B.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Anthropology
  • Postcolonialism
Label
The postcolonial turn : [re-imagining anthropology and Africa], edited by René Devisch, Francis Nyamnjoh, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. A staunch critique of intellectual colonialism and the pursuit of sociocultural endogeneity -- pt. 2. Bifocality at the core of the borderlinking anthropological endeavour -- pt. 3. Cross-pollination in African academe between cosmopolitan sciences and local knowledge -- pt. 4. Toward the local domestication of the ruling modern logic: the 'clash of civilisations' revisited
Control code
ebr10524399
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xv, 448 p., [1] p. of plates
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9789956726554
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
The postcolonial turn : [re-imagining anthropology and Africa], edited by René Devisch, Francis Nyamnjoh, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. A staunch critique of intellectual colonialism and the pursuit of sociocultural endogeneity -- pt. 2. Bifocality at the core of the borderlinking anthropological endeavour -- pt. 3. Cross-pollination in African academe between cosmopolitan sciences and local knowledge -- pt. 4. Toward the local domestication of the ruling modern logic: the 'clash of civilisations' revisited
Control code
ebr10524399
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xv, 448 p., [1] p. of plates
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9789956726554
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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