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Title:The glaring gap, anthropology, religion, and Christianity in African development
Author:Harries, Jim
Year:2013
Periodical:Exchange: Bulletin of Third World Christian Literature (ISSN 0166-2740)
Volume:42
Issue:3
Pages:232-251
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:Christianity
anthropology
languages of instruction
development
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/1572543X-12341273
Abstract:Careful reading of studies on language of education in Africa reveals a gaping gap in comprehension. A careful study of the history and practice of anthropology reveals a covert concealing of large arenas of knowledge about African societies from view. The above gaps in understanding result in debate on African development frequently ignoring 'religion'. African development seems not to be progressing on its own; great ideas on development rooted in western thinking typically collapse when handed over to African management. This article considers how the above 'gaps' in anthropology and linguistic studies have contributed to the dummification of academia that has in turn handicapped Africa. It considers a new engagement with 'religion', especially Christianity, as the way forward. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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