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Title:Beyond Euro-western dominance: an African-centred decolonial paradigm
Author:Dastile, Nontyatyambo P.
Year:2013
Periodical:Africanus (ISSN 0304-615X)
Volume:43
Issue:2
Pages:93-104
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:postcolonialism
pan-Africanism
epistemology
values
African identity
Abstract:The author maps out the contours of an African-centred decolonial paradigm by looking at the following paradigms: Afrocentrism (proposed by Molefe Kete Asante), Africanity and combative ontology (Archie Mafeje), Afrikology, interdisciplinarity and a restorative epistemology (Dani Wadada Nabudere), and the African-centred paradigm of Keto Tshehloane. Similar to Afrocentrism and Africanity, Nabudere sketches a history of dislocatedness, deculturization and dehistoricization of African people and the diaspora. The author suggests that through Afrikology, as a universal, restorative transdisciplinary paradigm, an assumption of African originality from a psychological, social, spiritual, cultural and political vantage point will emerge. This would lead to knowledge generation that has both epistemic significance and related community contributions and relevance. Nabudere proposes the use of open-ended hermeneutical approaches as a counter-hegemonic discourse for enabling deconstruction, reconstruction and regeneration of knowledge, which resonates with the ideals of pan-Africanism. The current study adopts this Afrikological approach, because it is not only based on endogeneity and centredness, but also on the acceptance of pluralism and cultural diversity. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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