African Intellectuals in the Post-colonial World: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

African Intellectuals in the Post-colonial World

1st Edition

By Fetson A Kalua


128 pages

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Hardback: 9780367263706
pub: 2019-09-05
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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.

Table of Contents

1. Theorizing the Concept of an Intellectual

2. The ‘ivory tower’ Intellectual

3. The Dilemmas of African Intellectuals since the end of Colonialism

4. African Intellectuals and Decolonization of Knowledge

5. Taking a leaf from the Western Intellectual

6. A Paradigm of an African Intellectual in the Twenty-First Century

About the Author

Fetson Anderson Kalua is Professor of English at the University of South Africa

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Africa

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Critical Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies