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Title:African Cultural Studies, Cultural Studies in Africa: How to make a useful difference
Author:Nyamnjoh, Francis B.ISNI
Periodical:Critical Arts: A Journal of Media Studies
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African studies
Education and Oral Traditions
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02560049985310031
Abstract:The future of African cultural studies lies in the resurrection and creative adaptation of African cultures. African cultural studies presupposes African cultures that are alive, active and valued. But African cultures have been victims of unfair competition with Westerners, both politically and academically. The dismissal of African cultures a priori has deprived the continent of the opportunity to prove itself on the world's marketplace of culture, and made of Africans mimics rather than creators. African cultures must be given the recognition they deserve and the opportunity for creative adaptation to new situations and exigencies. In the quest to provide the missing cultural link in academic and popular discourses on development in Africa, social science researchers have an important part to play. Failure properly to address the issue of what constitutes African culture(s) leaves the way open for the unthinking reproduction of Western theories and practices in Africa. This would result not in African cultural studies, but in cultural studies in Africa. Bibliogr., ref.