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Friday, October 27, 2006

Africa, again

The first post I ever did for this blog, after my introduction was on Africa.

Being as I am going to be writing on things African again I thought it might be a good time to revisit that first post to set the tone. You can read it here.

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3 comments:

Unsane said...

It seems to be unpopular in academia right now to suggest that there is anything special about Africa. For some reason, in the western mindset (or the western academic one, at any rate--there does seem to be an academic hegemony regarding this question) there is nothing particularly "African" about Africa. Rather situations vary from situation to situation in unpredictable ways. So, there is really no distinct "Africa" to think about -- except for the European geographical demarcations which designate the continent as such.

I think, however, that you may be right and that there could be something "African" which most westerners are missing.

Thankyou for your post.

Unsane said...

It seems to be unpopular in academia right now to suggest that there is anything special about Africa. For some reason, in the western mindset (or the western academic one, at any rate--there does seem to be an academic hegemony regarding this question) there is nothing particularly "African" about Africa. Rather situations vary from situation to situation in unpredictable ways. So, there is really no distinct "Africa" to think about -- except for the European geographical demarcations which designate the continent as such.

I think, however, that you may be right and that there could be something "African" which most westerners are missing.

Thankyou for your post.

Mushtaq Ali said...

It seems to be unpopular in academia right now to suggest that there is anything special about Africa.


I suspect that is because if the West puts too much attention on Africa we would end up haveing to look at what we are responsable for when it comes to the state of the political and economic situation there.