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African Intellectuals: Rethinking Politics, Language, Gender and Development

African Intellectuals: Rethinking Politics, Language, Gender and Development

Paperback Africa in the New Millennium

Edited by Thandika Mkandawire

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  • Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 210mm x 14mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 3 March 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1842776215
  • ISBN 13: 9781842776216
  • Sales rank: 753,716

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African intellectuals today face uniquely difficult circumstances - intolerant regimes, economies in sharp decline, societies wracked by violent conflict, and official languages that are not mother tongues. Compared with Asia or Latin America, Africa has experienced much higher rates of emigration of its intelligentsia to North America and Europe, and frequent displacement within the continent. This rare overview of their history, fate and future roles explores the relationship of African intellectuals to nationalism and the Pan African project; the indigenous language question; women intellectuals; and the role of the hugely growing African academic diaspora. It assesses the interface between African intellectuals and society, state and politics in the context of the restoration of multi-party politics, changing economic policies, and renewed Pan African awareness.

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Thandika Mkandawire is director of the United Nations research institute UNRISD, and former director of CODESRIA, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, the series co-publishers. The contributors include Ali Mazrui, Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Amina Mama, Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Paul Zeleza.

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'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

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?.