Nationalism and African Intellectuals / Edition 1

Nationalism and African Intellectuals / Edition 1

by Toyin Falola
     
 

ISBN-10: 1580461492

ISBN-13: 9781580461498

Pub. Date: 09/01/2004

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited

This book is about how African intellectuals, influenced primarily by nationalism, have addressed the inter-related issues of power, identity politics, self-assertion and autonomy for themselves and their continent, from the mid-nineteenth century onward. Their major goal was to create a 'better Africa' by connecting nationalism to knowledge. The results have been…  See more details below

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This book is about how African intellectuals, influenced primarily by nationalism, have addressed the inter-related issues of power, identity politics, self-assertion and autonomy for themselves and their continent, from the mid-nineteenth century onward. Their major goal was to create a 'better Africa' by connecting nationalism to knowledge. The results have been mixed, from the glorious euphoria of the success of anti-colonial movements to the depressing circumstances of the African condition as we enter a new millennium. As the intellectual elite is a creation of the Western formal school system, the ideas it generated are also connected to the larger world of scholarship. This world is, in turn, shaped by European contacts with Africa from the fifteenth century onward, the politics of the Cold War, and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union. In essence, Africa and its elite cannot be fully understood without also considering the West and changing global politics. Neither can the academic and media contributions by non-Africans be ignored, as these also affect the ways that Africans think about themselves and their continent. Nationalism and African Intellectuals/ examines intellectuals' ambivalent relationships with the colonial apparatus and subsequent nation-state formations; the contradictions manifested within pan-Africanism and nationalism; and the relation of academic institutions and intellectual production to the state during the nationalism period and beyond. Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580461498
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Series:
Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
394
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Modern intellectuals : values and vision3
2"The national sentiment" : ideologues of cultural nationalism56
3"Seek ye the political kingdom" : nationalism and nation building97
4From repatriation to reparations : old and new pan-Africanism143
5"Things fall apart" : the rise and decline of the African academy181
6"African glories" : nationalist historiography223
7Intellectuals and Africa in a changing world order261

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