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Centre for African renaissance studies, the academy, the state and civil society: Methodological implications of transdisciplinarity and the African perspective

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dc.contributor.author Odora Hoppers, Catherine A.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-24T13:22:59Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-24T13:22:59Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Catherine A. Odora Hoppers (2006) Centre for African renaissance studies,the academy, the state and civil society: Methodological implications of transdisciplinarity andthe African perspective, International Journal of African Renaissance Studies - Multi-, Inter- andTransdisciplinarity, 1:1, 33-52 en
dc.identifier.issn 1753-7274
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/18186870608529705
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/22307
dc.description Please follow the doi link at the top of this record to view the full-text on the publisher's website
dc.description.abstract The Centre for African Renaissance Studies (CARS) at the University of South Africa was born in a political and social environment in which there is a new groundswell for a rebirth, where there are calls for ownership, accountability, excellence, responsiveness and substantive democracy on new terms. Surrounding the centre are the state, the academy and civil society, each with its limitations as well as possibilities for an institution that is established to foster, nourish and effect change in the context of the African Renaissance. The challenge before CARS is therefore one that involves the creation of new knowledge, analyses and interpretations of social reality on an ongoing basis. In working out its linkages and its strategies for dialogue, engagement and co‐determination around the past, present and future of Africa, with players such as the state, the academy and civil society in general, therefore, the centre needs of necessity to clarify its position, role and vision in the field of knowledge production. It is here that transdisciplinarity signifies a distinct methodology in knowledge generation, development and utilisation. This article argues that the nature of the crisis we face today is definitely no longer that of ‘economics’, ‘politics’ or ‘culture’ per se; neither is it, for that matter, a crisis of the humanities versus the natural sciences; but rather it is one in which there is a peculiar convergence of all these factors and which, together, form an entirety exceeding the sum of its parts. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en
dc.title Centre for African renaissance studies, the academy, the state and civil society: Methodological implications of transdisciplinarity and the African perspective en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department School of Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Studies (SIRGS) en


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