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Title:Renaissances, African and modern: Gandhi as a resource?
Author:Soudien, CrainISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Volume:54
Issue:1
Pages:92-111
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:passive resistance
philosophy
development
About person:Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)ISNI
Abstract:This paper examines the significance of Gandhi for the discussion about the African Renaissance. It begins with the argument that the critical process of self-reflection about its past begun in India as a resource for imagining its future is central to any possibility of a renaissance in Africa. It draws on Gandhi in terms of what an examination of his central ideas might tell us about a future postcolonial Africa. Two of these ideas relate to the role of women in society and the attendant impact this view has on dominant masculinist tropes found in colonial historiography. Using these, the paper looks at Gandhi not for the political and strategic choices he makes, but for understanding the kind of ethical identity or, the humanness which Gandhi's life represents. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [Journal abstract, edited]
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