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Title:Beyond western-centric and Eurocentric development: a case for decolonizing development
Author:Plaatjie, Sebeka Richard
Year:2013
Periodical:Africanus (ISSN 0304-615X)
Volume:43
Issue:2
Pages:118-130
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:postcolonialism
epistemology
development
political ideologies
African identity
Abstract:The article demonstrates that the concept 'development' and discourses around it are predicated on a Euro-American totalitarian truth that universalized itself, first through colonialism and to this date through coloniality, defined as long-standing patterns of power that emerged as a result of colonialism, that continue to define culture, labour, intersubjective relations and knowledge production after formal decolonization. This is followed by an analysis of the development discourse from a critical decolonial perspective informed by the work of scholars such as Walter Mignolo, which privileges 'border thinking' and is predicated on the notions of 'I think from where I stand'. The article's proposition is that there is a need for decolonization and 'Africanization' of the development discourse to reflect the core needs of the African peoples, particularly the poor. Finally, the author makes a case for a new African development discourse that takes into account African historical experiences and indigenous African thought. This new African development discourse will put the African people first and be constructed from their core values, needs and demands. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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