The contemporary world has reached a pivotal moment of escalating injustices and apocalyptic risks, but also of unprecedented opportunities. Mounting pressures of social and ecological problems are met by a confluence of intellectual trends that allow the questioning of entrenched assumptions and the unleashing of a forward-oriented sociological imagination. In Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World, a diverse collection of regional experts explore contemporary trends, alternative visions, and new directions for sociological research, raising issues that reflect the complexity of challenges facing future projects on a shared planet. Topics include: • Feminist and Indigenous Perspectives in Latin America • An African-centred approach to Knowledge Production • Post-Islamist Democracy Based on the revised papers of the Opening and Closing Plenaries of the Third ISA Forum of Sociology in Vienna, Austria, July 2016, which Markus Schulz organized on the theme “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World.”
Chapter 5: Mε san aba1: The Africa We Want and an African-centered Approach to Knowledge Production
Mε san aba1: The Africa We Want and an African-centered Approach to Knowledge Production
In his commentary on the life and work of Kobina Sekyi,2 author of the play The Blinkards (1997), George Hagan provides his reflections on ‘cultural affirmation and trans-valuation of values’, the sub-title of the first Kobina Sekyi memorial lecture (2010: 9). The main title of Hagan’s lecture is the Fante proverb ‘Nyimdze nsae adze’, which literally means ‘knowledge of a thing of value doesn’t destroy it’, or an understanding of the value of something ensures its preservation. Sekyi’s argument was that by accepting the false notion of the superiority of European cultures ...