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Title:Sociology and Yoruba Studies: Epistemic Intervention or Doing Sociology in the 'Vernacular'?
Author:Adesina, Jimi O.ISNI
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
indigenous knowledge
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Sociology of education
Yoruba (African people)
social history
social research
Folk literature
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487674
Abstract:Western sociology is deeply idiographic in its discourse and origin. Insights rooted in other idiographic contexts cannot, therefore, be defined as 'indigenous sociology' or worst still 'teaching sociology in the vernacular', which has been the dominant response to attempts to infuse non-Western discourses into global sociology. Cultural studies, in this case Yorb studies, offer rich idiographic, local narratives which can contribute to a genuinely global sociology. However, in order to realize the epistemic potentials in sourcing from indigenous knowledge systems it is necessary to engage with epistemic issues (hence epistemic intervention), rather than habituate Western sociology. Seen from this perspective the work of the Nigerian sociologist Akinsola Akwowo, which draws on the ontological discourses embedded in the oracular narratives of 'Od If', the sacred oral poetry generally credited to rnml and used by If priests among the Yorb of Nigeria for purposes of divination and interpretation of events, cannot be rendered as indigenous sociology. Rather, the 'fuzzy logic' in the oracular narratives of rnml, which contrasts sharply with the 'binary logic' of Aristotle, premises the possibility of an epistemic shift. Bibliogr., notes, ref.