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Title:Africa-centred knowledges: crossing fields & worlds
Editors:Cooper, BrendaISNI
Morrell, RobertISNI
City of publisher:Woodbridge
Publisher:James Currey Ltd
ISBN:1847010954; 9781847010957
Geographic terms:Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:African studies
indigenous knowledge
Abstract:This book questions the way in which knowledge of and about Africa is produced and how this influences development policy and practice. Rebutting both Euro-and Afrocentric production of knowledge, this collection proposes a multiple, global and dynamic Africa-centredness in which scholars use whatever concepts and research tools are most appropriate to the different African contexts in which they work. In the first part of the book key conceptual themes are raised and the epistemological foundations are laid through questions of gender, literature and popular music. Contributors in the second part apply and test these tools and concepts, examining the pressures on doctoral students in a South African university, the crisis in knowledge about declining marine fish populations, perplexities around why certain ICT provisions fail, or how some Zimbabwean students, despite being beset by poverty, succeed. The light thrown on the mechanics of how knowledge comes into being, and in whose interests, illuminates one of the key issues in African Studies. Contributions: Introduction: the possibility of Africa-centered knowledges (Brenda Cooper & Robert Morrell); Validated knowledge: confronting myths about Africa (Lansana Keita); Re-theorizing the indigenous knowledge debate (Lesley Green); Battlefields of knowledge: conceptions of gender in development discourse (Signe Arnfred); Knowing time: temporal epistemology & the African novel (Bill Ashcroft); Black boxes & glass jars: classification in the hunt for Africa-centred knowledge (Brenda Cooper); T'his is a robbers' system: popular musicians' readings of the Kenyan state (Mbugua Wa Mungai); Science, fishers' knowledge & Namibia's fishing industry (Barbara Paterson, et al.); ICT for development: extending computing design concepts (Ulrike Rivett, Gary Marsen & Edwin Blake); 'Good houses make good people': making knowledge about health & environment in Cape Town (Warren Smit, et al.); Men of God & gendered knowledge (Akosua Adomako Ampofo & Michael Pk Okyerefo); Retrieving the traces of knowledge-making while editing a book on postgraduate writing (Linda Cooper & Lucia Thesen); Hunhuism (personhood) & academic success in a Zimbabwean secondary school (Leadus Madzima). [ASC Leiden abstract]