African Intellectuals

African Intellectuals : Rethinking Politics, Language, Gender and Development


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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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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 16mm | 258.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1842776215
  • 9781842776216
  • 833,428

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Author Information

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

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