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Title:African Studies: knowledge production and beyond
Authors:Owoahene-Acheampong, StephenISNI
Gordon, Jacob U.ISNI
Periodical:Contemporary Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0855-4412)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African studies
information dissemination
External link:http://reference.sabinet.co.za/webx/access/electronic_journals/inafstud1/inafstud1_v3_n1_a6.pdf
Abstract:The field of African Studies has emerged in recent years (1960s and 1970s) from obscurity to global recognition as an intellectual area of inquiry. It offers academic and career opportunities in advanced studies, ranging from certificates and diplomas to the bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees and post-doctorate work. Like other disciplines, African Studies as a multi-disciplinary area is engaged in research, knowledge production, teaching and public service. Yet a review of related literature in the field suggests that many critical challenges remain. It is hypothesized in this article that until African Studies extends beyond knowledge production the field is unlikely to have significant and meaningful impact on African sustainable development. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]