Toward the African Revolution

Political Essays

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Author: Frantz Fanon

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802130907

Category: History

Page: 197

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Political essays, articles, and notes written between 1952 and 1961.

Understanding African Philosophy

A Cross-cultural Approach to Classical and Contemporary Issues

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Author: Richard H. Bell

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415939379

Category: Social Science

Page: 189

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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The African Diaspora

African Origins and New World Identities

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Author: Professor of Africana Studies English and Comparative Literature Isidore Okpewho,Isidore Okpewho,Carole Boyce Davies,Ali AlʼAmin Mazrui

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253334251

Category: History

Page: 566

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The purpose of this book is to contribute to the debate between those who believe that the African origin of blacks in western society is central to their identity and those who deny that proposition. How did Africans manage to create a viable life for themselves after they got here? How were they able to negotiate the social, political, cultural, and other space they encountered?

The Highway of Despair

Critical Theory After Hegel

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Author: Robyn Marasco

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231538898

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Hegel's "highway of despair," introduced in his Phenomenology of Spirit, is the tortured path traveled by "natural consciousness" on its way to freedom. Despair, the passionate residue of Hegelian critique, also indicates fugitive opportunities for freedom and preserves the principle of hope against all hope. Analyzing the works of an eclectic cast of thinkers, Robyn Marasco considers the dynamism of despair as a critical passion, reckoning with the forms of historical life forged along Hegel's highway. The Highway of Despair follows Theodor Adorno, Georges Bataille, and Frantz Fanon as they each read, resist, and reconfigure a strand of thought in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Confronting the twentieth-century collapse of a certain revolutionary dialectic, these thinkers struggle to revalue critical philosophy and recast Left Hegelianism within the contexts of genocidal racism, world war, and colonial domination. Each thinker also re-centers the role of passion in critique. Arguing against more recent trends in critical theory that promise an escape from despair, Marasco shows how passion frustrates the resolutions of reason and faith. Embracing the extremism of what Marx, in the spirit of Hegel, called the "ruthless critique of everything existing," she affirms the contemporary purchase of radical critical theory, resulting in a passionate approach to political thought.

African Theology

Inculturation and Liberation

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Author: Emmanuel Martey

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1608991253

Category: Religion

Page: 190

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Two major strands of theology have developed in Africa--inculturation and liberation--each in response to different needs. Emmanuel Martey's African Theology provides a clear, scholarly examination of these two basic approaches, solidly based on Martey's understanding of contemporary theology and his firsthand knowledge of Africa.Martey first examines the historical background of each of these theological developments, especially relating to cultural and political movements enveloping the continent in the 1970s. In sub-Saharan Africa, struggles for independence from colonizers have resulted in inculturation theology. The defining aspect of this theology is that it pushes its roots firmly in African culture and traditions. In South Africa, on the other hand, Black Africans struggling against the oppressive systems of apartheid have turned to liberation theology.Martey shows how the real hope for African theology lies in the dialectical encounter between these two approaches and in their potential for convergence. "The two foci (of liberation and inculturation)," Martey says, "are not contradictory, but complement each other." African Theology concludes by challenging African theologians to weld together the praxis of inculturation with that of liberation, in order to achieve an integrative vision for the continent.

Political Identity

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Author: William James Millar Mackenzie

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719007101

Category: Identity (Psychology)

Page: 185

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African Political Thought

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Author: G. Martin

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137062053

Category: Political Science

Page: 215

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Focusing on individual political thinkers and beginning with indigenous African political thought, the book successively examines African nationalism, African socialism, populism and Marxism, Africanism and pan-Africanism, concluding with contemporary perspectives on democracy, development and the African state.

Basic Human Rights and the Humanitarian Crises in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethical Reflections

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Author: Gabriel Andrew Msoka

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630878693

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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For decades, post-independence Africa has been marked by conflicts, violence, and civil wars leading to a displacement of civilian populations and numerous humanitarian crises. For example, the Somali war, the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and the Darfur conflict in Western Sudan illustrate this phenomenon. In these situations, protecting the basic human rights of security, subsistence, the liberties of social participation, and the physical movement of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs)--particularly women, children, and young people--has been seen as inadequate. This book offers the following: a systematic presentation of the nature and scope of the crises; an evaluative description of the achievements and failures of governments, organizations, and the international community in responding to the crises; a critical analysis of the rationale for such an inadequate response; and a philosophical and theological study of basic human rights that seeks to redress these failures by envisioning an appropriate response and a lasting solution to the conflicts, displacement, and humanitarian crises in Sub-Saharan Africa.