Manufacturing African Studies and Crises

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Lightning Source Incorporated, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 617 pages
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Awarded 'Special Commendation' in the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa 1998. The intellectual liberation of the study of Africa is the battle cry of this forceful book. The author is one of Africa's younger scholars, in the forefront of research and thinking about the role of African scholars, and the ownership and state of African Studies; and winner of The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa 1994. He describes this book as an interrogation of African Studies, its formulations and fetishes, theories and trends, possibilities and pitfalls. He argues that, as a discursiveformation, African Studies is immersed in the contexts and configurations of the western epistemological order; and the crisis in African Studies in North America and Britain reflects changing cultural policies as a result of the shifting ethnic and gender composition o fclassrooms, tansformations in the global positions of these countries, and the crisis of liberal values. The study has been highly recommended by such distinguished African scholars as Professors Mahmood Mamdani, Ali Mazrui, V.Y. Mudimbeand Adebayo Olikosh.

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Contents

Trial of An Academic Tourist
1
The Lightness of Being an African Expatriate Scholar
10
African Social Scientists and the Struggle for Academic Freedom
25
Copyright

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Paul Tiyambe Zeleza is Professor of African Studies and History, Pennsylvania State University. Philip J. McConnaughay is Dean of Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University.

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