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Drinking From The Cosmic Gourd

Author : Nyamnjoh, Francis B.
ISBN : 9789956764655
Genre : Social Science
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This book questions colonial and apartheid ideologies on being human and being African, ideologies that continue to shape how research is conceptualised, taught and practiced in universities across Africa. Africans immersed in popular traditions of meaning-making are denied the right, by those who police the borders of knowledge, to think and represent their realities in accordance with the civilisations and universes they know best. Often, the ways of life they cherish are labelled and dismissed too eagerly as traditional knowledge by some of the very African intellectual elite they look to for protection. The book makes a case for sidestepped traditions of knowledge. It draws attention to Africa’s possibilities, prospects and emergent capacities for being and becoming in tune with its creativity and imagination. It speaks to the nimble-footed flexible-minded “frontier African” at the crossroads and junctions of encounters, facilitating creative conversations and challenging regressive logics of exclusionary identities. The book uses Amos Tutuola’s stories to question dualistic assumptions about reality and scholarship, and to call for conviviality, interconnections and interdependence between competing knowledge traditions in Africa.

Debating Witchcraft In Africa The Magritte Effect

Author : Péclard, Didier
ISBN : 9789956550029
Genre : Social Science
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Given the circularity of the witchcraft complex in Africa, given its performative potential, isn’t the flood of anthropological publications on the topic counter-productive insofar as it feeds what it pretends to analyse, and even stigmatize? Wouldn’t the social scientists be well advised not to emulate the media and the Evangelical preachers and to avoid bestowing on Africa the dubious privilege of being no more than a shadow theatre devoid of substance on the stage of which everything – power, work, production, economy, the family – would actually be played in the occult? In this publication, eight scholars – namely: Jean-Pierre Warnier, Didier Péclard, Julien Bonhomme, Patrice Yengo, Jane Guyer, Joseph Tonda, Francis Nyamnjoh and Peter Geschiere – engage in a lively and contradictory debate on witchcraft/sorcery in Africa in a controversial historical context.

Epistemic Freedom In Africa

Author : Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni
ISBN : 9780429960192
Genre : Education
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Epistemic Freedom in Africa is about the struggle for African people to think, theorize, interpret the world and write from where they are located, unencumbered by Eurocentrism. The imperial denial of common humanity to some human beings meant that in turn their knowledges and experiences lost their value, their epistemic virtue. Now, in the twenty-first century, descendants of enslaved, displaced, colonized, and racialized peoples have entered academies across the world, proclaiming loudly that they are human beings, their lives matter and they were born into valid and legitimate knowledge systems that are capable of helping humanity to transcend the current epistemic and systemic crises. Together, they are engaging in diverse struggles for cognitive justice, fighting against the epistemic line which haunts the twenty-first century. The renowned historian and decolonial theorist Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni offers a penetrating and well-argued case for centering Africa as a legitimate historical unit of analysis and epistemic site from which to interpret the world, whilst simultaneously making an equally strong argument for globalizing knowledge from Africa so as to attain ecologies of knowledges. This is a dual process of both deprovincializing Africa, and in turn provincializing Europe. The book highlights how the mental universe of Africa was invaded and colonized, the long-standing struggles for 'an African university', and the trajectories of contemporary decolonial movements such as Rhodes Must Fall and Fees Must Fall in South Africa. This landmark work underscores the fact that only once the problem of epistemic freedom has been addressed can Africa achieve political, cultural, economic and other freedoms. This groundbreaking new book is accessible to students and scholars across Education, History, Philosophy, Ethics, African Studies, Development Studies, Politics, International Relations, Sociology, Postcolonial Studies and the emerging field of Decolonial Studies.

African Studies In The Academy

Author : Mawere, Munyaradzi
ISBN : 9789956762224
Genre : Social Science
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For a long time, African Studies as a discipline has been spearheaded by academics and institutions in the Global North. This puts African Studies on the continent at a crossroads of making choices on whether such a discipline can be legitimately accepted as an epistemological discipline seeking objectivity and truth about Africa and the African peoples or a discipline meant to perpetuate the North’s hegemonic socio-economic, political and epistemic control over Africa. The compound question that immediately arises is: Who should produce what and which space should African Studies occupy in the academy both of the North and of the South? Confronted by such a question, one wonders whether the existence of African Studies Centres in the Global North academies open opportunities for critical thinking on Africa or it opens possibilities for the emergence of the same discipline in Africa as a fertile space for trans-disciplinary debate. While approaches critical for the development of African Studies are pervasive in African universities through fields such as cultural studies, social anthropology, history, sociology, indigenous knowledge studies and African philosophy, the discipline of African Studies though critical to Africa is rarely practiced as such in the African academy and its future on the continent remains bleak. African Studies in the Academy is a testimony that if honestly and objectively practiced, the crossroads position of African Studies as a discipline makes it a fertile ground for generating and testing new approaches critical for researching and understanding Africa. It also challenges Africa to seriously consider assuming its legitimate position to champion African Studies from within. These issues are at the heart of the present volume.

Eating And Being Eaten

Author : Nyamnjoh, Francis B.
ISBN : 9789956550968
Genre : Social Science
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This innovative book is an open invitation to a rich and copious meal of imagination, senses and desires. It argues that cannibalism is practised by all and sundry. In love or in hate, fear or fascination, purposefulness or indifference, individuals, cultures and societies are actively cannibalising and being cannibalised. The underlying message of: ‘Own up to your own cannibalism!’ is convincingly argued and richly substantiated. The book brilliantly and controversially puts cannibalism at the heart of the self-assured biomedicine, globalising consumerism and voyeuristic social media. It unveils a vast number of prejudices, blind spots and shameful othering. It calls on the reader to consider a morality and an ethics that are carefully negotiated with required sensibility and sensitivity to the fact that no one and no people have the monopoly of cannibalisation and of creative improvisation in the game of cannibalism. The productive, transformative and (re)inventive understanding of cannibalism argued in the book should bring to the fore one of the most vital aspects of what it means to be human in a dynamic world of myriad interconnections and enchantments. To nourish and cherish such a productive form of cannibalism requires not only a compassionate generosity to let in and accommodate the stranger knocking at the door, but also, and more importantly, a deliberate effort to reach in, identify, contemplate, understand, embrace and become intimate with the stranger within us, individuals and societies alike.

Mein Leben Im Busch Der Geister

Author : Amos Tutuola
ISBN : 3923854455
Genre : Folklore
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The adventures of an African boy who strays into the world of the dead where he is lost for twenty-four years. Incorporates many unrecorded African myths.

Der Zauber Ist Nicht Verk Uflich

Author : Doris Lessing
ISBN : 3257208863
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Die Macht Des Heiligen

Author : Hans Joas
ISBN : 9783518754184
Genre : Social Science
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»Entzauberung« ist ein Schlüsselbegriff im Selbstverständnis der Moderne. Doch worum handelt es sich dabei eigentlich? Was genau meinte Max Weber damit? Und sind seine kanonisch gewordenen Vorstellungen überhaupt haltbar beziehungsweise: Sind sie alternativlos? Die Macht des Heiligen ist der Versuch, »Entzauberung« zu entzaubern. Dazu widmet sich Hans Joas zunächst exemplarischen Fällen der wissenschaftlichen Beschäftigung mit Religion seit dem 18. Jahrhundert. In direkter Auseinandersetzung mit Weber entfaltet er sodann den Grundriss einer Theorie, die dem machtstützenden Potenzial von Religion ebenso gerecht werden kann wie dem machtkritischen. An die Stelle des Geschichtsbilds vom unaufhaltsam fortschreitenden Prozess der Entzauberung tritt die Konzeption eines Spannungsfelds zwischen Dynamiken der Sakralisierung, ihrer reflexiven Brechung und den Gefahren ihrer Aneignung in Prozessen der Machtbildung. Das beinhaltet Zumutungen – für Gläubige ebenso wie für säkulare Geister.

Lagune

Author : Nnedi Okorafor
ISBN : 9783959812528
Genre : Fiction
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Chaos bricht aus, nachdem im Internet verbreitet wird, dass vor der Küste der fünft bevölkerungsreichsten Stadt der Welt Außerirdische gelandet sind. Bald darauf versuchen das Militär, religiöse Führungspersönlichkeiten, Diebe und Wahnsinnige zu kontrollieren, was für Informationen auf YouTube und in den Straßen verbreitet werden. In der Zwischenzeit beraten die politischen Supermächte über einen nuklearen Präventivschlag, der die Eindringlinge auslöschen soll. Alles, was zwischen siebzehn Millionen Einwohnern und dem Tod steht, sind ein außerirdischer Botschafter, eine Biologin, ein Rapper, ein Soldat und ein Mythos, bei dem es sich um eine gigantische Spinne handeln könnte, oder um einen offenbarten Gott.

Emotionen Und Soziale Strukturen

Author : Christian von Scheve
ISBN : 9783593389110
Genre : Social Science
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Die Angst vor dem sozialen Abstieg oder der Freudentaumel bei einem gewonnenen Fußballspiel: Emotionen sind nicht nur Ausdruck von Individualität und Persönlichkeit, sondern auch des sozialen Miteinanders und der gesellschaftlichen Verhältnisse. Im Rückgriff auf neurowissenschaftliche, psychologische und soziologische Emotionstheorien weist Christian von Scheve die tiefgreifende soziale Strukturierung von Affekten und Emotionen nach, zeigt den Einfluss von Gefühlen auf das soziale Handeln und analysiert die Regulation und soziale Kontrolle von Emotionen. Der Autor macht damit deutlich, wie wichtig Emotionen für die Entstehung und Reproduktion sozialer Ordnung sind.

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