African Virtues in the Pursuit of Conviviality: Exploring Local Solutions in Light of Global Prescriptions by Yntiso GebreAfrican Virtues in the Pursuit of Conviviality: Exploring Local Solutions in Light of Global Prescriptions by Yntiso Gebre

African Virtues in the Pursuit of Conviviality: Exploring Local Solutions in Light of Global…

EditorYntiso Gebre, Itaru Ohta, Motoji Matsuda

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African societies have rich histories, cultural heritages, knowledge systems, philosophies, and institutions that they have shaped and reshaped through history. However, the continent has been repeatedly portrayed negatively as plagued by multitudinous troubles: famine, conflict, coup, massacres, corruption, disease, illiteracy, refugees, failed state, etc. Even worse, Africans are often viewed as incapable of addressing their problems on their own. Based on such erroneous perspectives and paternalism, exogenous solutions are prescribed, out of context, for African problems. This book sheds light on the positive aspects of African reality under the key concept of ‘African potentials’. It is the product of sustained consultation over a five-year period between seasoned African and Japanese anthropologists, sociologists and scholars in other areas of African studies.

Yntiso Gebre, Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Addis Ababa University.Itaru Ohta, Professor, Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University.Motoji Matsuda, Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University.
Title:African Virtues in the Pursuit of Conviviality: Exploring Local Solutions in Light of Global…Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:466 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.94 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.94 inPublished:February 23, 2017Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9956764175

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Achieving Peace and Coexistence through African Potentials
Chapter 2. The Potentials of African  Customary Law: Reflections on Concepts,  Values, and Knowledge Generation
Chapter 3. New Challenges for African  Potentials in Mediating Conflicts: The Case of Turkana, Northwestern Kenya
Chapter 4. Negotiating Statehood: Handling the Crises of South Sudan
Chapter 5. The Fambul Tok (‘Family Talk’) Project: A Hybrid Attempt for Local Transitional Justice in Sierra Leone
Chapter 6. National Integration, Political Violence, and People’s Livelihoods: Conflicts and Coexistence in Rural Kenya
Chapter 7. Human-Environment Relations in Gedeo Area, Ethiopia: Links between  World Views, Environmental Values, and Livelihood Strategies
Chapter 8. African Chiefs in the Global Era: Chieftaincy Titles and Igbo Migrants from Nigeria
Chapter 9. The Power to Speak, Listen, and Negotiate in the Local Meetings of Africa: The Palaver of the Bakongo, Clan Gathering of the Borana, and Bridewealth Negotiation of the Turkana
Chapter 10. Everyday Knowledge and  Practices to Prevent Conflict: How Community Policing Is Domesticated in Contemporary Kenya
Chapter 11. ZAIRAICHI (Local Knowledge) as the Manners of Co-existence:  Encounters between the Aari Farmers in Southwestern Ethiopia and the ‘Other’
Chapter 12. Incompleteness and Conviviality: A Reflection on International Research Collaboration from an African Perspective
Chapter 13. Revisiting Indigeneity: African  Potentials as a Discourse for Sustainable Development in Africa
Chapter 14. The Universality of Humanity as an African Potential

Editorial Reviews

“This book draws our attention to the efficacy of African values and institutions to solve African problems. African potentials, the overriding theme of the book, are seen not in a static and primordial sense but in their dynamic evolution through their interaction with global influences. The attributes of these potentials include plurality (rather than uniformity), resilience in the face of overwhelming challenges, and innovative and creative cultural expression.” - Bahru Zewde, Emeritus Professor of History, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia“This book shows that the key to ‘African Potentials’ resides in people’s everyday practice. A powerful ethos, based on years of Afro-Asian research collaboration, is shared by all contributors despite diversity in their fields and approaches. I celebrate the birth of a trans-regional epistemic community of ‘African Potentials’.” - Yoichi Mine, Professor of Economics, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan“Based on five years of research, and paying close attention to the lived experience of working people, the collection of essays in this book promises to open up fresh vistas for the reader.” - Mahmood Mamdani, Director Makerere Institute of Social Research, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Columbia University