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Indigenous Discourses on Knowledge and Development in Africa

1st Edition

Edited by Edward Shizha, Ali A. Abdi


244 pages

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African social development is often explained from outsider perspectives that are mainly European and Euro-American, leaving African indigenous discourses and ways of knowing and doing absent from discussions and debates on knowledge and development. This book is intended to present Africanist indigenous voices in current debates on economic, educational, political and social development in Africa. The authors and contributors to the volume present bold and timely ideas and scholarship for defining Africa through its challenges, possible policy formations, planning and implementation at the local, regional, and national levels. The book also reveals insightful examinations of the hype, the myths and the realities of many topics of concern with respect to dominant development discourses, and challenges the misconceptions and misrepresentations of indigenous perspectives on knowledge productions and overall social well-being or lack thereof. The volume brings together researchers who are concerned with comparative education, international development, and African development, research and practice in particular. Policy makers, institutional planners, education specialists, governmental and non-governmental managers and the wider public should all benefit from the contents and analyses of this book.

Table of Contents

Introduction:Indigenous Discourses on Knowledge and Development in Africa Edward Shizha and Ali A. Abdi Section I: Indigenous Knowledge and Development 1. Reflections on ‘African Development’: Situating Indigeneity and Indigenous Knowledges George J. Sefa Dei [Nana Sefa Atweneboah I] 2.Intersections Between Indigenous Knowledge and Economic Development in Africa Gloria T. Emeagwali 3. Indigenization and Sustainable Development for Zimbabwe: A Post-Colonial Philosophical Perspective Ngoni Makuvaza Section II: Indigenous Knowledge, Culture and Education 4. Re-Culturing De-Cultured Education for Inclusive Social Development in Africa Ali A. Abdi 5. Counter-Visioning Contemporary African Education: Indigenous Science as a Tool for African Development Edward Shizha 6. Reclaiming the Education for All Agenda in Africa: Prospects for Inclusive Policy Spaces Musembi Nungu 7. Education Inequality and Economic Development in Eastern and Southern Africa Oliver Masakure 8. Learning by Doing: Julius Nyerere’s Education Policy for Self-Reliance in Tanzania Grace John Rwiza 9. A Diploma for a Debt: Students’ Perception of Their Student Loan Program in Burkina Faso Tuouruouzou Herve Some Section III: Politics and Development 10. International Corporate Politics and the Hubris of Development Discourses Desmond Ikenna Odugu 11. The Dual Sources of Political Development in Ethiopia and the Emergence of Ethnic Federalism Berhanu Demeke 12. Leadership and Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa: Conceptual and Historical Perspectives Lamine Diallo and Ginette Lafrenière 13. Revisiting the African Revolutionary Praxis in the Global Era Konate Siendou 14. The Shifting Boundaries of the African State in Agricultural Institutions and Policies in an Era of Globalization Korbla P. Puplampu

About the Editors

Edward Shizha is Associate Professor in Contemporary Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University (Brantford) in Canada.

Ali A. Abdi is Professor and Co-director, Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research (CGCER) in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta.

About the Series

Routledge African Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)