African Intellectuals

African Intellectuals : Rethinking Politics, Language, Gender and Development

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In this thought-provoking overview of the history, fate and possible future roles of African intellectuals both within Africa and in the African Diaspora nearly half a century on from Independence, some of the Continent's most eminent thinkers discuss the issues at stake. Their starting point is the uniquely difficult circumstances confronting intellectuals: regimes intolerant of independent debate, economies in sharp decline, societies wracked by violent conflict, and official languages different from people's mother tongues. Africa has experienced, compared with Asia or Latin America, much higher rates of emigration of its intelligentsia to North America and Europe, as well as frequent displacement from home countries to other parts of the continent. Among the important themes explored are: What has been the relationship of African intellectuals to nationalism and the Pan African project? How has the developmentalist orientation of policy affected intellectual outlooks and roles? The language question, including the non-development of higher education through indigenous African languages, and the social gulf this has opened up between African intellectuals and their societies. Women intellectuals, the growth of gender studies, and the limitations that still constrain their impact on mainstream society and policy. The potential roles of the hugely growing African academic diaspora, particularly in the United States. This volume constitutes a valuable, because so rare, exploration of the complex interface between African intellectuals and society, state and politics in the context of fundamental new departures like the restoration of multi-party politics, new economic horizons like NEPAD, and a renewed awareness of the need for Pan African cooperation.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 16mm | 258.55g
  • ZED BOOKS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1842776215
  • 9781842776216
  • 852,859

About Thandika Mkandawire

Thankdika Mkandawire is director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

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Table of contents

* 1. Introduction - Thandika Mkandawire * Intellectuals, Pan-Africanism and nationalism * Culture and African intellectuals * Africa and Its Diaspora * Autonomous Intellectual Spaces * 2. African Intellectuals and Nationalism - Thandika Mkandawire * The Protagonists * Non-Organic intellectuals * Deafening Silence or Silent Struggle? * The Age of Delusion * The Decade of Extremes: Renaissance or Resignation? * The New Agenda? * 3. Pan-Africanism and the Intellectuals: Rise, Decline and Revival - Ali A. Mazrui * Pan-Africanism and the Intelligentsia * Erosion of Solidarity, Decline of Intellectualism * Towards a New Intellectual Revival * Pan-Africanism: Sub-Saharan and Trans-Saharan * Who Are the Afrabians? * Globalising the Dual Diaspora * Between African Americans and American Africans * 4. Intellectuals, Nationationalism and Panafricanism: A Testimony - Joseph Ki-Zerbo * Nationalism * Pan-africanism * The role of intellectuals in generating the binomial driving force of the african renaissance * 5. Gender Studies for Africa's Transformation - Amina Mama * The Growth of Gender and Women's Studies in Africa * Gender Politics and Developmentalism * Shifting University Landscapes * Gender Politics in African Universities * Feminist Studies in Africa * Strengthening Gender Studies for Africa's Transformation * Challenges * 6. The character and formation of intellectuals within the ANC-led South African liberation movement - Raymond Suttner * Who are intellectuals in the context of the ANC-led South African liberation struggle? * ANC intellectuals - from a variety of sources * The Liberation movement as 'collective intellectual' * The ANC-led National Liberation Movement as creator of intellectuals * Intellectual role and processes of intellectual formation * Party/National liberation movement as 'collective intellectual' * The ANC acting as 'collective intellectual' through its strategy and tactics document of 1969 * Consensus and contestation in producing an intellectual product * New conjuncture after 1990 and again after 1994 * 7. Europhone or African Memory: The Challenge of the Pan-Africanist Intellectual in the Era of Globalization - Ngugi wa Thiong'o * 8. The Language Question and National Development in Africa - Beban Sammy Chumbow * The Politics of Development and Underdevelopment * Development * Education, Language and National Development * The Use of African Languages in Education * The Language Factor in the Development of Science and Technology * African Languages and Inter-African Co-operation * Prospects and Perspectives * 9. Historians, Nationalism, and Pan-Africanism: Myths and Realities - Hannington Ochwada * African Historians and the Past at Independence * Critique of Nationalist Historiography: Which way Forward? * 10. The Academic Diaspora and Knowledge Production in and on Africa: What Role for CODESRIA? - Paul Tiyambe Zeleza * Defining and Debating African Diasporas * Contextualising the Academic Diasporas * Historicising Diasporic Academic Production and Linkages * Tendencies of the Contemporary Academic Diaspora * Conclusion: What Role for CODESRIA?

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Review quote

'It will take many such books, but the present effort gives an important "state of the art" snapshot.' - Stephen Chan, School of Oriental and African Studies 'African Intellectuals makes a compelling case that constructing a democratic, developmental, and socially inclusive social order has become a moral imperative and a question of survival for Africa...because it provides a comprehensive understanding and grasp of the key components of an African renaissance, this book will be of considerable value to all those who are genuinely concerned with Africa's intellectual revival.' - African Studies Review

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