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Title:Area studies and political science: rupture and possible synthesis
Authors:Bates, Robert H.ISNI
Chege, MichaelISNI
Davis (Jr), R. HuntISNI
Guyer, Jane I.ISNI
Kassimir, RonISNI
Nyang'oro, Julius E.ISNI
Robinson, Pearl T.ISNI
Stone, M. PriscillaISNI
Watts, Michael
Zeleza, Paul TiyambeISNI
Periodical:Africa Today (ISSN 1527-1978)
Geographic term:Africa
Subject:African studies
Abstract:Shock waves rolled through the scholarly community when the Social Science Research Council (SSRC, New York) decided recently to abolish its Africa and other regional committees. Do African studies and other area studies face a crisis today? Or are today's sharp debates about the future of area studies a 'storm in a teacup'? Are some of these debates straw man arguments? That question compels one to distinguish between the intellectual content of regional studies programmes on the one hand, and shifting power relations, institutional relationships, political moves and struggles over access to scarce resources within the academy on the other. This issue of 'Africa Today' presents divergent readings of the trajectory of regional studies in general and African studies in particular. Ten scholars present their views: Robert H. Bates, Michael Chege, R. Hunt Davis, Jr., Jane I. Guyer, Ron Kassimir, Julius E. Nyang'oro, Pearl T. Robinson, M. Priscilla Stone, Michael Watts, and Paul Tiyambe Zeleza. (Comment on Kassimir by R. Hunt Davis, Jr., in: Africa Today, vol. 45, no. 1 (1998), p. 71-74, with reply by Kassimir on p. 55-57.)