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Title:Decolonial turns and development discourse in Africa: reflections on masculinity and Pan-Africanism
Author:Biney, AmaISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Africanus (ISSN 0304-615X)
Volume:43
Issue:2
Pages:78-92
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:postcolonialism
pan-Africanism
underdevelopment
African identity
Abstract:This article deploys the concept of decolonial turns to understand how Euro-American thought has produced ideas of development within which Africa is considered a site of inferior people enveloped by lack of development. The decolonial turn demands: 1. an intellectual revolution on the part of the African masses and their progressive thinkers; and 2. a revolution in praxis that is reflexive, engages in dialogue with theory and practice that connects with the lives of African people, and actively conscientizes them. It posits that Euro-American discourse of development has continued to inform those processes that resulted in the impoverishment of the African continent. The discourse was articulated in the guise of modernization theory of the 1960s and now exists in the current Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers that have currently replaced the Structural Adjustment Programmes of the 1980s and 1990s. Pan-Africanism must free itself from Euro-American tutelage and create a new mind-set that recognizes the intersectionality of key problems such as: political determination and economic development, environmental justice, the psychological chains of enslavement, and the creation of new gender relations. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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