Decolonisation after Democracy addresses the provocative idea that we need to rid higher education of lingering forms of colonial knowledge. This matters because in the colonial era much knowledge was put to the service of subjugating indigenous peoples, and the assumptions from this era may linger into the present. Examples of deep-rooted and ‘foundational’ forms of knowledge that carry colonial traits are normative binaries such as ‘civilised and backward’, ‘modern and traditional’ and ‘rational and superstitious’. In addition, some accounts of positive values like freedom, equality, justice and democracy may hide the assumption that the western experience is the norm, from which other kinds are rendered imitations, deviations or pathologies.
In this collection, some of South Africa’s leading political scientists and academics engage with the challenge of decolonising knowledge in the research and teaching of politics. It includes new insights about the state, international relations, clientelism, statesociety relations and land reform; and introduces new ways to engage the colonial library, curriculum reform, and the marginality of historically black institutions. Finally, the contributors deal with the decolonial challenge posed by the #FeesMustFall student movements, reflecting on issues of revolutionary politics and gender and sexual violence.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Politikon.
Table of Contents
Introduction Laurence Piper
1. #EndRapeCulture Campaign in South Africa: Resisting Sexual Violence Through Protest and the Politics of Experience Amanda Gouws
2. Decolonising International Relations and Its Theory: A Critical Conceptual Meditation Siphamandla Zondi
3. Thinking the State from Africa: Political Theory, Eurocentrism and Concrete Politics Suren Pillay
4. Confronting the Colonial Library: Teaching Political Studies Amidst Calls for a Decolonised Curriculum Sally Matthews
5. What Would the Decolonisation of a Political Science Curriculum Entail? Lessons to be Learnt From the East African Experience at the Federal University of East Africa Bheki R. Mngomezulu and Sakhile Hadebe
6. The Need for a New Language? How Historically Disadvantaged Institutions Grapple with the Effects of Labelling in Higher Education: The Case of the University of the Western Cape Cherrel Africa and Shingai Mutizwa-Mangiza
7. Decolonising Clientelism: ‘Re-centring’ Analyses of Local State–Society Relations in South Africa Fiona Anciano
8. On Decolonisation and Revolution: A Kristevan Reading on the Hashtags Student Movements and Fallism Joleen Steyn Kotze
9. Land Redistribution in South Africa: Towards Decolonisation or Recolonisation? Thembela Kepe and Ruth Hall
Laurence Piper is Professor of Political Science at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the University West, Sweden. His research focus is on urban politics in the Global South.