Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا

Manufacturing African Studies and Crises

Manufacturing African Studies and Crises. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza. Dakar. CODESRIA, 1997, 617 p., ISBN: 2-86978-066-4

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This book is an interrogation of African studies, its formulations and fetishes, theories and trends, possibilities and pitfalls. As a discursive formation, African studies is, of course, immersed in the contexts and configurations of the Western epistemological order.

‘Post-modernism and may still be in vogue, but this book inaugurates the new era of post-pessimism’.Prof. Ali A. Mazrui, Binghamton University

‘A provocative and stimulating book written by a brilliant angry mind. It is a challenge to the practice of African Studies and its political significance’Prof. V. Y. Mudimbe, Stanford University

‘In short, Zeleza’s book merits diverse audiences and has the potential of triggering a much-needed soul searching in African Studies’Prof. Mamdani, University of Cape Town

‘This is a highly significant piece of work that easily represents one of the most comprehensive and effective rebuttals of the way in which Africa has been studied in much of North America and Europe’ Adebayo O. Olukoshi, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Uppsala

July 22 1997