Public Intellectualism and Sociopolitical Inquiry through Metaphor and Musing: Volume 3

Public Intellectualism and Sociopolitical Inquiry through Metaphor and Musing: Volume 3

by Kenneth K. Mwenda


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While this book does not purport or pretend to have all the answers to the many socio-political challenges that we face in life, it certainly does raise some thought-provoking questions for us to think through. I hasten to add, however, that the book is not a work of fiction. Rather, it is an example of public intellectualism in the Social Sciences. The book distills complex ideas into easily discernible ideas. Such is a cardinal objective of the book - to provoke some critical thinking on topical themes pertaining to socio-political inquiry. This objective is pursued through the use of metaphors and musings. In many cultures, especially those that place much emphasis on oral tradition, knowledge is often handed down to the younger generation through various adages, sayings, metaphors, musings and stories told by the elders to the younger folks around the fire-place. This book attempts to draw from such a tradition, lighting the fire-place and then distilling some untapped wisdom for posterity and the readership.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781988357201
Publisher: Africa in Canada Press
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

A distinguished thought leader and public intellectual, Prof. Kenneth K. Mwenda read law at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He has also taught law at top universities in the United States of America (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa. A Fellow of the British Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Prof Mwenda is a recipient of several international academic awards, including a competitive fellowship from Yale University Law School in the US. Most recently, he gave the 2015 Distinguished Lecture at the University of Nairobi Law School in Kenya, and was appointed as Extraordinary Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has also held previously the position of Extraordinary Professor of Law at the Centre for Human Rights, the University of Pretoria. Based in Washington DC, Prof. Mwenda is the Program Manager and Executive Head of the World Bank's Voice Secondment Program, a major capacity-building initiative of the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank.

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