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The Politics of History in Contemporary Africa

The Politics of History in Contemporary Africa (Hardback)

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This book mediates a dialectics between power and subjectivity versus history and politics. The invention of Africa is not merely a residue of Africa's encounter with Europe but a project in continuity in contemporary history of Africa, where history has become a location of struggle and meaning, a location of power and domination. Eze contends that postcolonial African studies that thrive by way of unanimity, analogy, or homogenenity are merely advancing a "defeatist" historicism. It attempts to gain essence by inverting the terms of colonial discourse and is decisively implicated in the very logic of coloniality. This method of historiography not only stifles the overall socio-political imagination of contemporary Africa but offers a dogmatic blueprint for politics of domination. Eze argues that a chance for an African Renaissance is dependent on review mechanisms of African historiography.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical activismRevolutionary groups & movementsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical science & theoryHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyAfrican history Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Publication Date: 20/07/2010 ISBN-13: 9780230623576  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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MICHAEL ONYBUCHI EZE currently teaches postcolonial African studies at the University of Augsburg, Germany and is the Editor-in-Chief of The African Communitarian: A Journal of African Ethics, Social and Political Thought.

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