African Studies in the Academy: The Cornucopia of Theory, Praxis and Transformation in Africa? by Munyaradzi MawereAfrican Studies in the Academy: The Cornucopia of Theory, Praxis and Transformation in Africa? by Munyaradzi Mawere

African Studies in the Academy: The Cornucopia of Theory, Praxis and Transformation in Africa?

EditorMunyaradzi Mawere, Tapuwa Raymond Mubaya

Paperback | August 10, 2017

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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 related 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 academies of the global, north  opens opportunities for critical thinking on Africa, or if 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.

Munyaradzi Mawere is currently professor at Great Zimbabwe University. He is an author of more than 50 books and holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town.Tapuwa Raymond Mubaya is a Lecturer at Great Zimbabwe University and a PhD candidate at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. Mubaya is author of 5 books and...
Title:African Studies in the Academy: The Cornucopia of Theory, Praxis and Transformation in Africa?Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:302 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 10, 2017Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9956762229

ISBN - 13:9789956762224


Table of Contents

Chapter One: Africa’s Past and  Present Predicaments: Reflections on  African Studies in the 21st Century

Chapter Two: The Coming-of-age of  Super-Colonialism

Chapter Three: African Indigenous  Belief Systems on the Crossroads:  The Tsikamutanda and Witchcraft-related  Disputes in the 21st Century Zimbabwe

Chapter Four: Climate Change and  Environmental Degradation: Implication  for Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty  in Southern Africa

Chapter Five: Reinventing Nhimbe:  The Deployment of Indigenous  Knowledge Systems in Partnerships  for Development

Chapter Six: Entrepreneurship,  Social Capital and Community  Development in Zimbabwe’s  Buhera District: A Faith-based Reflection

Chapter Seven: Zimbabwe Land  Tenure Impact on Development  and Justice Delivery

Chapter Eight: ‘The Tarnished Jewel?’  Post- Independent Zimbabwe Tag Under  the Reign of Robert Gabriel Mugabe

Chapter Nine: Climate Change,  Gender and Development in Africa

Chapter Ten: Election Management  Bodies (EMBs) in Nigeria and the  Question of Independence

Chapter Eleven: Oratio: A Framing  of Knowledge in the Context of  Technology and Academia

Chapter Twelve: Africa, the Diasporan Community and Super-Colonialism