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Title:Unexamined Consequences of Academic Globalism in African Studies
Author:Lowe, Christopher C.
Periodical:Africa Today
Geographic terms:Africa
United States
Subjects:African studies
Education and Oral Traditions
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4187174
Abstract:A new academic globalism is eroding the Area Studies framework. This poses challenges for humanistic and social science research - including African Studies - in the United States. Debates among Africa scholars do not yet adequately address the potentially undesirable consequences of these changes. Most crucial among the effects will be a tendency for scholars to distance themselves from and fail to identify themselves with the people and places they study. This article focuses on three approaches several authors took in the previous issue of 'Africa Today' that urge cooperation in the spread of academic globalism. For Robert Bates, the shift to globalism remedies alleged defects of African Studies as too particularistic and insufficiently scientific. Ron Kassimir places globalism on top of Area Studies rather than in its place, a sort of Super Area Studies based on multiple specializations. Pearl Robinson and Priscilla Stone argue that Africanists should seek the good in the inevitable shift to globalism. The present author argues, however, that accentuating only the positive will lead Africanists to accept some changes as inevitable when they should instead fight to prevent or reshape them. Note, ref.