Summary Book Review Nationalism and African Intellectuals by Toyin Falola:
Download or read book Nationalism and African Intellectuals written by Toyin Falola and published by University Rochester Press. This book was released on 2004 with total page 398 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An examination of the attempt by Western-educated African intellectuals to create a 'better Africa' through connecting nationalism to knowledge, from the anti-colonial movement to the present-day. This book is about how African intellectuals, influenced primarily by nationalism, have addressed the inter-related issues of power, identity politics, self-assertion and autonomy for themselves and their continent, from the mid-nineteenth century onward. Their major goal was to create a 'better Africa' by connecting nationalism to knowledge. The results have been mixed, from the glorious euphoria of the success of anti-colonial movements to the depressingcircumstances of the African condition as we enter a new millennium. As the intellectual elite is a creation of the Western formal school system, the ideas it generated are also connected to the larger world of scholarship.This world is, in turn, shaped by European contacts with Africa from the fifteenth century onward, the politics of the Cold War, and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union. In essence, Africa and its elite cannot be fully understood without also considering the West and changing global politics. Neither can the academic and media contributions by non-Africans be ignored, as these also affect the ways that Africans think about themselves and their continent. Nationalism and African Intellectuals examines intellectuals' ambivalent relationships with the colonial apparatus and subsequent nation-state formations; the contradictions manifested within pan-Africanism and nationalism; and the relation of academic institutions and intellectual production to the state during the nationalism period and beyond. Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Summary Book Review Africa and the Challenges of Citizenry and Inclusion by Carlos Lopes:
Download or read book Africa and the Challenges of Citizenry and Inclusion written by Carlos Lopes and published by . This book was released on 2008 with total page 28 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: At the 11th General Assembly of CODESRIA, held in Maputo in December 2005, Carlos Lopes presented the Cheikh Anta Diop Lecture on "Africa and the Challenges of Citizenry and Inclusion", through the legacy of Mario de Andrade of Angola. He discusses the life and times of Mário Andrade; African nationalism and its revolutionary proposals; and the triumphs and vicissitudes of Negritude and Pan-Africanism. He analyses the consequences for a country's citizenry, inclusion and respect for identities, and concludes with implications for African intellectuals. Like Mário Andrade, who abhorred the rites associated with power and despaired at exclusionary notions of citizenship, Lopes is critical of narrow nationalism that jeorpardises pan-Africanism, and calls on African intellectuals to denounce these practices in the interest of universal identity rights, based on the principle that development brings with it greater opportunities and freedom of choice.
Summary Book Review African Intellectuals in the Post-Colonial World by FETSON A. KALUA:
Download or read book African Intellectuals in the Post-Colonial World written by FETSON A. KALUA and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-03-31 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book examines the role of African intellectuals in the years since the end of colonialism, studying the contribution that has been made by such individuals, both to political causes and to development within Africa. Studying the concept of the "intellectual" within an African context, this book explores the responses of such individuals to crucial issues, such as cultural identity and knowledge production. The author argues that since the end of colonialism in Africa, various, often intertwining, factors, such as nationalism and co-option, have been used by black politicians or the political elites to muddle the roles and functions of black African intellectuals. Focusing on these confused roles and functions, the book posits that, over the years, most intellectuals in Africa have found the practice of "cheerleading" for a political cause more productive than making valuable contributions towards dynamic and progressive leadership in their countries. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of African studies, politics, and development studies.
Summary Book Review American Intellectuals and African Nationalists, 1955-1970 by Martin Staniland:
Download or read book American Intellectuals and African Nationalists, 1955-1970 written by Martin Staniland and published by . This book was released on 1991 with total page 328 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: As colonial empires in Africa collapsed and more than 40 new states were established in the late 1950's and 1960's, intellectuals in America were suddenly faced with the challenge of investigating and interpreting the meaning of African nationalism and self-government. This book explores the different ways that American opinion makers from conservative, liberal Marxist, and African-American journals reacted to events in Africa during these years.
Summary Book Review Coloniality of Power in Postcolonial Africa by Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni:
Download or read book Coloniality of Power in Postcolonial Africa written by Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni and published by African Books Collective. This book was released on 2013 with total page 290 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this book the author examines the current state of postcolonial Africa with a focus on the "liberation predicament" and the crisis of epistemological, cultural, economic, and political dependence created by colonialism and coloniality.
Summary Book Review Imagining Home by Sidney J. Lemelle:
Download or read book Imagining Home written by Sidney J. Lemelle and published by Verso. This book was released on 1994-12-17 with total page 388 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collection of original essays brilliantly interrogates the often ambivalent place of Africa in the imaginations, cultures and politics of its “New World” descendants. Combining literary analysis, history, biography, cultural studies, critical theory and politics, Imagining Home offers a fresh and creative approach to the history of Pan-Africanism and diasporic movements. A critical part of the book’s overall project is an examination of the legal, educational and political institutions and structures of domination over Africa and the African diaspora. Class and gender are placed at center stage alongside race in the exploration of how the discourses and practices of Pan-Africanism have been shaped. Other issues raised include the myriad ways in which grassroots religious and cultural movements informed Pan-Africanist political organizations; the role of African, African-American and Caribbean intellectuals in the formation of Pan-African thought—including W.E.B. DuBois, C.L.R. James and Adelaide Casely Hayford; the historical, ideological and institutional connections between African-Americans and South Africans; and the problems and prospects of Pan-Africanism as an emancipatory strategy for black people throughout the Atlantic.
Summary Book Review New African Intellectuals and New African Political Thought in the Twentieth Century by Mbukeni Herbert Mnguni:
Download or read book New African Intellectuals and New African Political Thought in the Twentieth Century written by Mbukeni Herbert Mnguni and published by Waxmann Verlag. This book was released on 2015 with total page 164 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book is purposely and deliberately entitled New African Intellectuals and New African Political Thought in the Twentieth Century. It encapsulates the recent debate about the political and cultural role played by the New African intellectuals in developing modern African political thought. The authors argue that the "New African Intellectuals" was a culturally and politically dominant movement of the twentieth century, despite the fact that it was suppressed and oppressed by white colonialism and racism. It was a political and cultural expression of the oppressed and disposed people. During its cultural and political splay the "New African Intellectuals" was preoccupied with three inseparable historical issues: forming the concept of the New African, constructing the foundations of African modernity, and formulating the principles of African Nationalism. Offering fresh insights that are both empirically and theoretically informed, this book illuminates the processes and consequences of the New African scholars and writers. The political contribution made by the New African intellectuals is traced from its origins in literature, music and language. The discussion concludes with an exploration of the dilemma faced by African languages as they are dominated by European languages. The authors argue that this dominance has resulted to the petrifaction and mummification of African languages because outstanding, even great African writers are not using them in relation to modern technological and linguistic experience. The authors believe that this broad-ranging book will be of interest to all those studying African politics and culture, and who are concerned with understanding modern African societies in the light of post-colonialism.
Download or read book Complicities written by Mark Sanders and published by Duke University Press. This book was released on 2002-12-04 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Complicities explores the complicated—even contradictory—position of the intellectual who takes a stand against political policies and ideologies. Mark Sanders argues that intellectuals cannot avoid some degree of complicity in what they oppose and that responsibility can only be achieved with their acknowledgment of this complicity. He examines the role of South African intellectuals by looking at the work of a number of key figures—both supporters and opponents of apartheid. Sanders gives detailed analyses of widely divergent thinkers: Afrikaner nationalist poet N. P. van Wyk Louw, Drum writer Bloke Modisane, Xhosa novelist A. C. Jordan, Afrikaner dissident Breyten Breytenbach, and Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko. Drawing on theorists including Derrida, Sartre, and Fanon, and paying particular attention to the linguistic intricacy of the literary and political texts considered, Sanders shows how complicity emerges as a predicament for intellectuals across the ideological and social spectrum. Through discussions of the colonial intellectuals Olive Schreiner and Sol T. Plaatje and of post-apartheid feminist critiques of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Complicities reveals how sexual difference joins with race to further complicate issues of collusion. Complicities sheds new light on the history and literature of twentieth-century South Africa as it weighs into debates about the role of the intellectual in public life.
Summary Book Review Dimensions of Nationalism by Okete J. E. Shiroya:
Download or read book Dimensions of Nationalism written by Okete J. E. Shiroya and published by . This book was released on 1994 with total page 126 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Summary Book Review The Literature and Thought of Modern Africa by Claude Wauthier:
Download or read book The Literature and Thought of Modern Africa written by Claude Wauthier and published by . This book was released on 1979 with total page 426 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Summary Book Review East Africa by Felicia Arudo Yieke:
Download or read book East Africa written by Felicia Arudo Yieke and published by African Books Collective. This book was released on 2005 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The contributors explore different dimensions of the challenges confronting the countries of the sub-region, lending particular emphasis to historiography and the nationalist legacy. They stress the centrality of the role of the intellectual community, language policy and the management of diversity and multilingualism in the strengthening and restoration of popular democratic participation and state and policy processes. At the heart of the debate are the quest for an all-round project of regionalisation and renewal and the ideals of autonomous development and social justice. Contents: the rise, the fall and the insurrection of nationalism in Africa; intellectuals and Africa's renewal; language and regional integration: foreign or African languages for the Africa Union?; language and the east African parliament; ethnicity: an opportunity or a bane in Africa's development?; ethno-centralism and movement politics in Uganda; and intellectuals and soldiers: the socialist experiment in Africa.
Summary Book Review Internal Frontiers by Jon Soske:
Download or read book Internal Frontiers written by Jon Soske and published by New African Histories. This book was released on 2017 with total page 342 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this ambitious new history of the antiapartheid struggle, Jon Soske places India and the Indian diaspora at the center of the African National Congress's development of an inclusive philosophy of nationalism. In so doing, Soske combines intellectual, political, religious, urban, and gender history to tell a story that is global in reach while remaining grounded in the everyday materiality of life under apartheid. Even as Indian independence provided black South African intellectuals with new models of conceptualizing sovereignty, debates over the place of the Indian diaspora in Africa (the "also-colonized other") forced a reconsideration of the nation's internal and external boundaries. In response to the traumas of Partition and the 1949 Durban Riots, a group of thinkers in the ANC, centered in the Indian Ocean city of Durban and led by ANC president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Luthuli, developed a new philosophy of nationhood that affirmed South Africa's simultaneously heterogeneous and fundamentally African character. Internal Frontiers is a major contribution to postcolonial and Indian Ocean studies and charts new ways of writing about African nationalism.
Summary Book Review Social Justice at Apartheid's Dawn by Dawne Y. Curry:
Download or read book Social Justice at Apartheid's Dawn written by Dawne Y. Curry and published by Springer Nature. This book was released on 2021 with total page 293 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "This book, which examines the role of African women in the conversation on nationalism during South Africa's era of segregation, excavates female voices and brings them to the provocative fore. From 1910 to 1948, African women contributed to political thought as editorialists, club organizers, poets, leaders, and activists who dared to challenge the country's segregationist regime at a time when it was bent on consolidating White power. Daughters of Africa founder Cecilia Lillian Tshabalala and National Council of African Women President Mina Tembeka Soga feature in this work, which employs the artistic theory of "sampling" and decoloniality to highlight and showcase how these women and others among their cadre spoke truth to power through the fiery lines of their poetry, newspaper columns, thought-provoking speeches, organizational documents, personal testimonies, and musical compositions. It argues that these African women left behind a blueprint to grapple with and contest the political climate in which they lived under segregation, by highlighting the role and agency of African women intellectuals at Apartheid's dawn."--
Summary Book Review Contemporary Africa by T. Falola:
Download or read book Contemporary Africa written by T. Falola and published by Palgrave Macmillan. This book was released on 2015-12-18 with total page 261 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 60 years after independence, African nations still find it difficult to face a number of challenges, from establishing meaningful democratic institutions to establish social structures centered on the advancement of gender equality. This volume approaches these contemporary African challenges while combating a reflexive and facile Afro-Pessimism.
Summary Book Review The Power of African Cultures by Toyin Falola:
Download or read book The Power of African Cultures written by Toyin Falola and published by University Rochester Press. This book was released on 2008 with total page 370 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An analysis of the ties between culture and every aspect of African life, using Africa's past to explain present situations. This book focuses on the modern cultures of Africa, from the consequences of the imposition of Western rule to the current struggles to define national identities in the context of neo-liberal economic policies and globalization.The book argues that it is against the backdrop of foreign influences that Africa has defined for itself notions of identity and development. African cultures have been evolving in response to change, and in other ways solidly rooted in a shared past. The book successfully deconstructs the last one hundred and fifty years of cultures that have been disrupted, replaced, and resurrected. The Power of African Cultures challenges many preconceived notions, such as male dominance and female submission, the supposed unity of ethnic groups, and contemporary Western stereotypes of Africans. It also shows the dynamism of African cultures to adapt to foreign imposition: even as colonial rule forced the adoption of foreign institutions and cultures, African cultures appropriated these elements. Traditions were reworked, symbols redefined, and the past situated in contemporary problems in order to accommodate the modern era. Toyin Falola is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters and Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria. He is the recipient of the 2006 Cheikh Anta Diop Award for Exemplary Scholarship in AfricanStudies, and the 2008 Quintessence Award by the Africa Writers Endowment. He holds an honorary doctorate from Monmouth University and he is University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin where heis also the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities. His books include Nationalism and African Intellectuals and Violence in Nigeria, both from the University of Rochester Press.
Summary Book Review Self-assertion and Brokerage by P. F. de Moraes Farias:
Download or read book Self-assertion and Brokerage written by P. F. de Moraes Farias and published by . This book was released on 1990-01-01 with total page 242 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Summary Book Review Writing Ghana, Imagining Africa by Kwaku Larbi Korang:
Download or read book Writing Ghana, Imagining Africa written by Kwaku Larbi Korang and published by Rochester Studies in African H. This book was released on 2009 with total page 352 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book makes Africa the centerpiece of an intercultural investigation of modern colonial power and its resistance, focusing on the writings of Ghanaian intellectuals.