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Author Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Sabelo J., author
Title Epistemic freedom in Africa : deprovincialization and decolonization / Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni
Imprint Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  306.42096 N2398 2018    AVAILABLE  -  30500101567751
Descript xvi, 266 pages : 1 illustration ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Rethinking development
Rethinking development
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction : seek ye epistemic freedom first -- Nomenclature of decolonization -- The onto-decolonial turn -- Reconstituting the political -- Reinventing Africa -- Epistemic legitimacy of Africa -- Education/university in Africa -- National question -- Rhodes must fall -- Conclusion : African futures
"Epistemic Freedom in Africa is about the struggle for African people to think, theorize, interpret the world and write from where they are located, unencumbered by Eurocentrism. The imperial denial of common humanity to some human beings meant that in turn their knowledges and experiences lost their value, their epistemic virtue. Now, in the twenty-first century, descendants of enslaved, displaced, colonized, and racialized peoples have entered academies across the world, proclaiming loudly that they are human beings, their lives matter and they were born into valid and legitimate knowledge systems that are capable of helping humanity to transcend the current epistemic and systemic crises. Together, they are engaging in diverse struggles for cognitive justice, fighting against the epistemic line which haunts the twenty-first century. The renowned historian and decolonial theorist Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni offers a penetrating and well-argued case for centering Africa as a legitimate historical unit of analysis and epistemic site from which to interpret the world, whilst simultaneously making an equally strong argument for globalizing knowledge from Africa so as to attain ecologies of knowledges. This is a dual process of both deprovincializing Africa, and in turn provincializing Europe. This landmark work underscores the fact that only once the problem of epistemic freedom has been addressed can Africa achieve political, cultural, economic and other freedoms. This groundbreaking new book is accessible to students and scholars across Education, History, Philosophy, Ethics, African Studies, Development Studies, Politics, International Relations, Sociology, Postcolonial and the emerging field of Decolonial Studies. "--Provided by publisher
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Subject Decolonization -- Africa
Social epistemology -- Africa
Education -- Africa
Africa -- Intellectual life
Africa -- Colonial influence
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