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Title:Reclaiming the human sciences and humanities through African perspectives
Editors:Anyidoho, KofiISNI
Lauer, HelenISNI
Year:2012
Pages:1608
Language:English
City of publisher:Accra
Publisher:Sub-Saharan Publishers
ISBN:9789988647339; 9789988647711
Geographic terms:Africa
Ghana
Subjects:African studies
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Abstract:This compilation was inspired by an international symposium at the University of Legon in Accra, Ghana, in December 2003, which discussed the broad theme of 'Canonical works and continuing innovation in African arts and humanities'. The collection contains reprinted classics and papers that have generated significant discourse, but also works by relatively unknown theorists. Sections in volume I: 1. Examining knowledge production as a social institution; 2. Explaining actions and beliefs (papers about political violence, colonialism, corruption, the land question, gender, religion and health); 3. Reappraising 'development' (papers on such issues as poverty, the Millennium Development Goals, participatory development, environmental degradation, industrialization and higher education, ICT in rural Uganda, from mass mobilization to technocratic elitism in Senegal); 4. Measuring the human condition (papers on, amongst others, professional responsibility in the research community, 'race' and 'IQ', conditions of free basic education, the fight against AIDS, childbearing); 5. Recalling history (papers on chieftaincy and traditional policies in Ghana, women in history, the Islamic Western Sudan, scholarship in the Maghrib, slavery in Ghana, black organizations in the UK). Sections in volume II: 6. 'Africa' as a subject of academic discourse; 7. Debating democracy, community, and the law; 8. Revisiting artistic expression (oral literature, Akan poetry, literary pan-Africanism, gender in the arts, Wole Soyinka, theatre, popular music studies, African music); 9. Regaining the voice of authority (Ga proverbs, non-native lingua francas in Ghana, language teaching, first language in education, memory and remembering Africa). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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