The book analyses how Africans and Africa relate to other parts of the multilateral world, and to the world in general, and how these relations stem from local, national and regional interactions in different parts of Africa, as well as Africa as a whole.
The first part focuses on the assumptions that are necessary to understand the role of Africa on the global stage, especially from the perspectives of political philosophy and global and international studies. The second part of the book looks at both Afropolitan trends and the limits of Afropolitanism. In the third part the authors focus on specific African global tendencies stemming from the local conditions in several case studies. Traditional and modern politics is connected, problematically, with the current Jihadist organisations in the local African conditions related to unilateralism and global war on terror, for example. The fourth part deals with the relevance of the language ambivalence in relation to global interactions. It examines reductionist views of African philosophy and lays bare the perception of earlier colonial languages in view of their current strength of global action.
This book will be of interest to scholars of African studies, political philosophy, politics and global studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Albert Kasanda and Marek Hrubec Part 1: Preconditions of Africa’s participation in the multilateral world 1. Towards Africa’s Model in a Polylateral World: The chronology and foreign power interactions, Marek Hrubec 2. A Trans-modern Quest for Decolonization in the Postcolonial Philosophy, Binyam Mekonnen 3. The problematic non-western cosmopolitanism in Africa today: Grappling with a modernity outside history, Stephen Chan Part 2: Afropolitan trends and limits 4. Afropolitanism as a critique of conventional narratives of African identity and emancipation, Albert Kasanda 5. Ubuntu and the concept of cosmopolitanism, Anke Graness 6. Afropolitan narratives and empathy: Migrant identities in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah and Sefi Atta’s A Bit of Difference, Dobrota Pucherová Part 3: The specific global African tendencies and potentials 7. The Youth and the Clans – the Somali Society and al-Shabaab, Viktor Marsai 8. Ego in traditional political power of Guinea-Bissau: a challenge to cosmopolitanism?, Claudia Favarato 9. The Demographics of Power Relations: Africa’s changing global position, Valeria Bankoóvá 10. Digital transformation of Africa: on track to be connected to the global digital economy?, Tereza Němečková Part 4: African genre and language ambivalences in the global interactions 11. Understanding the Philosophy of Africa in a Cosmopolitan and Multilateral World through Language, Mary Stella C. Okolo 12. Philosophy and genre: African philosophy in texts, Alena Rettová 13. Englishes and cosmopolitanisms in South Africa, Stephanie Rudwick
Albert Kasanda is a Research Fellow at the Centre of Global Studies in the Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czechia.
Marek Hrubec is Director and Senior Research Fellow of the Centre of Global Studies in the Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czechia.