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Title:On the application of the marxian conceptial framework to the historical study of African traditional societies
Author:Tsomondo, Micah S.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African identity
Abstract:The European's denigration of the African's heritage is based on the assumption of a monolithic unilinear, Euro-centric, and directional conception of human evolution. Thus, the would-be anti-colonial African revolutionary had to adopt a strategy that struck at the intellectual foundations of the oppressive system. However, this paper argues that the psychological satisfaction the Africans might have drawn from this radical assertion of their separate authenticity still need to be evaluated in the light of the actual African historical reality. While the struggle against colonialism immensely benefited from the emphasis on the distinctiveness of an African consciousness, the future of Africa will equally benefit from a sober detection of those historical parallels and similarities which have been ignored. Though Marxism is essentially European in origin and character, some of its aspects are not irrelevant to the study of African traditional societies. Notes; ref.