The Resource Epistemologies of African conflicts : violence, evolutionism, and the war in Sierra Leone, Zubairu Wai, (electronic resource)

Epistemologies of African conflicts : violence, evolutionism, and the war in Sierra Leone, Zubairu Wai, (electronic resource)

Label
Epistemologies of African conflicts : violence, evolutionism, and the war in Sierra Leone
Title
Epistemologies of African conflicts
Title remainder
violence, evolutionism, and the war in Sierra Leone
Statement of responsibility
Zubairu Wai
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book offers a bold, ground-breaking epistemological critique of the dominant discourses on contemporary African conflicts. Based on a detailed and painstaking examination of the dominant ways in which the Sierra Leone civil war has been interpreted, theorized, and understood, author Zubairu Wai considers how Africa is constructed as a site of knowledge and the power political implications that this construction has for the continent and its people. Wai situates the current discourses on contemporary African conflicts within the centuries-long Eurocentric conceptions of Africa conceived of and conveyed through various systems of knowledge, socio-historical and political processes, and practices of representation. He also investigates the historical linkages between Africanism and a Western will to power that since the fifteenth century has also perfectly espoused and necessitated an Africanist will to truth. Identifying evolutionism as a major condition of Africanist knowledge linked to systems of power, this book ultimately argues that the scripts of these conflicts are always already written long before the first shots are fired. Thus, the predicament of Africanist discourses emanates not only from the conceptual limitations of the "colonial library" and evolutionist epistemology, but also these discourses' devotion to the power and knowledge regimes of the Western will to power that makes them possible
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Cataloging source
UKPGM
Dewey number
907.209664
Index
no index present
LC call number
DT516.826
LC item number
.W35 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Epistemologies of African conflicts : violence, evolutionism, and the war in Sierra Leone, Zubairu Wai, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral)--York University, Toronto, 2010, originally presented under the title: Interpretations of African conflicts : power, knowledge and the discourse of violence on the Sierra Leone civil wars
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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Color
multicolored
Contents
  • Introduction : Sierra Leone, conflict and the will to truth -- Evolutionism and the Africanist project -- The idea of Sierra Leone -- Sierra Leone : a decade of war -- The conflict of interpretations -- Sierra Leone inflections and amplifications -- Coda : Africanism, conflicts and the will to truth
  • Sierra Leone, Conflict and the Will to Truth -- Evolutionism and the Africanist Project -- The Idea of Sierra Leone -- Sierra Leone: A Decade of War -- The Conflict of Interpretations -- Sierra Leone Inflections and Amplifications -- Coda: Africanism, Conflicts and the Will to Truth
Control code
ocn822223344
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781137280800
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638129
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b29806276
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)822223344
  • palgrave1137280808

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