Intellectual History in Contemporary South Africa

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Springer, Apr 30, 2016 - History - 220 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
The Past is Another Country
13
3 South African Black Nationalist Ideologies and Resistance Movements
35
4 The Prophets and the Apocalypse
53
5 When the Chickens Come Home to Roost
72
Many Voices of a History
89
A Critique of ColonialApartheid Reason?
119
8 Ubuntu and the Making of South African Imaginary
145
Toward a New Public Discourse
180
Notes
193
Bibliography
203
Index
212
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About the author (2016)

MICHAEL ONYEBUCHI EZE is a Research Fellow at the Kulurwissenschatliches Institut, Essen, Germany and the Editor-in-Chief of The African Communitarian: A Journal of African Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy.

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