Intellectual History In Contemporary South Africa by M. EzeIntellectual History In Contemporary South Africa by M. Eze

Intellectual History In Contemporary South Africa

byM. Eze

Hardcover | August 18, 2010

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In examining the intellectual history in contemporary South Africa, Eze engages with the emergence of ubuntu as one discourse that has become a mirror and aftermath of South Africa’s overall historical narrative. This book interrogates a triple socio-political representation of ubuntu as a displacement narrative for South Africa’s colonial consciousness; as offering a new national imaginary through its inclusive consciousness, in which different, competing, and often antagonistic memories and histories are accommodated; and as offering a historicity in which the past is transformed as a symbol of hope for the present and the future. This book offers a model for African intellectual history indignant to polemics but constitutive of creative historicism and healthy humanism.

Michael Onyebuchi Eze was a Stiftung Mercator Foundation Research Fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institute (Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities) in Essen, Germany from 2006 – 2009. He received his first Ph.D. in Intellectual History from the University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany, Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Eze currently teac...
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Title:Intellectual History In Contemporary South AfricaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:234 pagesPublished:August 18, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230622992

ISBN - 13:9780230622999

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Table of Contents

Introduction * South Africa: The Past is another country * South African (black) Nationalist ideologies and Resistance Movements * The “prophets” and the “Apocalypse” * When the chickens come to roost * Ubuntu: Many voices of a History * Ubuntu: A critique of Colonial/Apartheid reason? * Ubuntu and the making of South African Imaginary * Ubuntu: Towards a new public discourse * Conclusion: Towards a new humanism?

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“Among other accomplishments in this history of political thought in South Africa, Michael Eze succeeds in transcending two major approaches often taken to ubuntu, the sub-Saharan conception of morality prominent in South African socio-political discourse. One approach is that since ubuntu was an ideal way of life in pre-colonial times, it is worth reproducing today, while the other is that since ubuntu is merely a recent construction by political elites, it has no authority to guide policy. In contrast to both, Eze convincingly argues that ubuntu was part of traditional African culture prior to colonialism, but was far from ideal, and hence is something that today’s South Africans should refashion collectively. Eze’s ‘creative historiographical’ approach to ubuntu should guide all future thinking about the topic.”--Thaddeus Metz, Humanities Research Professor, University of Johannesburg, South Africa