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Title:From bandit colonialism to the modern triage society: towards a moral and cognitive reconstruction of knowledge and citizenship
Author:Hoppers, Catherine A. OdoraISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Volume:4
Issue:2
Pages:168-180
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:North-South relations
epistemology
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/18186870903481210
Abstract:This article argues that the transition from bandit colonialism through the intricate systems of the modern triage, where States define a target group within its territory as indispensible, requires more than just critique, or a prayer for the meek to inherit the earth. It requires a decisive consensus that the meek do not inherit the earth by their meekness alone: they need defences of the mind and conceptual categories around which they can organize their thoughts and actions. Turning the previously colonized into participants in a new moral and cognitive venture against oppression requires more than just periodic elections, significant though electoral processes are. Addressing the atrophy of human capabilities that has characterized human development in the context of both bandit colonialism and the modern triage society demands the development of a plurality of insights, of critical traditions, and a deepening of the tools for diagnosis and hence the quality of prognosis. It may, in certain instances, demand a cognitive indifference to the Western model and a robust engagement with the methods of science and in particular their impact on sustainable livelihood when acting in consort with economics. But most of all it calls for a vigorous engagement with conceptual categories and the theoretical and cultural underpinnings from which they have descended, with the clear intention of their dismantling. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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