African Studies and the Postcolonial Challenge

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dc.contributor.author Abrahamsen, Rita
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-07T14:51:07Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-07T14:51:07Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation Abrahamsen , R 2003 , ' African Studies and the Postcolonial Challenge ' African Affairs , vol 102 , no. 407 , pp. 189-210 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0001-9909
dc.identifier.other PURE: 80208
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/945
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/945
dc.identifier.uri http://afraf.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/102/407/189 en
dc.description Abrahamsen, Rita, 'African Studies and the Postcolonial Challenge', African Affairs (2003) 102(407) pp.189-210 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract Postcolonial theory is frequently dismissed as too theoretical and esoteric, and hence irrelevant to the study of contemporary African politics and society. This article challenges this dismissal of postcolonialism, and argues for a more constructive dialogue between African studies and postcolonial approaches. Recognizing that postcolonialism cannot be regarded as a uniform body of theory, or a school of thought in the conventional academic sense, the article focuses on certain key themes and problematizations of relevance to contemporary Africa. In particular, it elaborates on postcolonialism's conceptualization of power, and argues that the recognition of the relationship between power, discourse and political institutions and practices has much to contribute to the study of African politics. These insights are further investigated through a discussion of development, hybridity and resistance. The article concludes that both African studies and postcolonial approaches stand to benefit from a more constructive engagement. en
dc.format.extent 22 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof African Affairs en
dc.title African Studies and the Postcolonial Challenge en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/afraf/adg001
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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