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Title:The South African 'African Renaissance' debate: a critique
Author:Maloka, Eddy T.ISNI
Periodical:Polis: revue camerounaise de science politique
Geographic term:South Africa
political change
Abstract:The 'African Renaissance', as a concept, has captured the imagination of many South Africans. The debate can be divided into three perspectives: globalist, associated with Thabo Mbeki and the ANC; Pan-Africanist, which attempts to locate the South African debate within the broader Pan-African tradition; and culturalist, which is informed by ethnophilosophy and which sees the African Renaissance as a movement for a return to the roots. A number of themes cut across all three perspectives: the question of the motive forces that will bring about the renaissance, the role of South Africa in the renaissance, and the question of the process that will lead to the renaissance. While the African Renaissance has set an intellectual agenda for postapartheid South Africa, the debate remains confined to South Africa. Other weaknesses relate to the periodization of the renaissance discourse and the way in which 'renaissance' is conceptualized. Ref., sum. in French (p. 5).