Intellectuals and African Development: Pretension and Resistance in African Politics

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Zed Books, Nov 28, 2006 - Political Science - 178 pages
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This book looks at different responses to the African predicament from prominent writers like Soyinka, Ngugi, and Achebe, the military men in power and the students who defy repression. It suggests that intervention by international agencies who claim to promote "democracy" and "empower the youth" may reinforce authoritarian attitudes and structures, and gives voice to the outrage, ridicule, revolutionary ardour and reformist caution of those directly affected. It also exposes the shallow pretences of those in power as well as the hypocrisy and arrogance of the foreign helpers, and concludes that being an "insider" or an "outsider" is less important than being committed to listen to ordinary people.
 

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Contents

an introduction
1
the collapse of the African dream
11
the auto biographies
49
49 Selfrewritingand the public sphere 1
61
mediating citizenship among
69
the Nigerian
98
Identity and knowledge production in the fourth
156
Critiques of insider scholarship 1160 Recentring insider
163
Contributors 1171
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Page 168 - I would stress that the practice of speaking for others is often born of a desire for mastery, to privilege oneself as the one who more correctly understands the truth about another's situation or as the one who can champion a just cause and thus achieve glory and praise. The effect of the practice of speaking for others is often, though not always, erasure and a reinscription of sexual, national, and other kinds of hierarchies.

About the author (2006)

Björn Beckman is a Research Professor in the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University. He has published extensively on African political economy and organised interests. His current work compares African trade unions and their interventions in policy and politics.Gbemisola Adeoti is a Lecturer in the Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. He has contributed to scholarly journals both within and outside Nigeria. His collection of poems Naked Soles, has just been published.

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