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Archie Mafeje : an intellectual biography

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dc.contributor.advisor Adesina, Jimi O Nyoka, Bongani 2018-05-16T08:49:22Z 2018-05-16T08:49:22Z 2017-06
dc.identifier.citation Nyoka, Bongani (2017) Archie Mafeje : an intellectual biography, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <>
dc.description.abstract This thesis is not a life history of Archie Mafeje. Instead, it is an attempt to grapple with his ideas. This thesis is said to be a ‘biography’ insofar as it is dedicated to a study of one individual and his contribution to knowledge. In trying to understand Mafeje’s ideas and the intellectual and political environment that shaped them, the thesis relies on Lewis R. Gordon’s concept of ‘epistemic possibility’. The thesis comprises four main parts. Part I locates Mafeje and his work within the broader African intellectual and political environment. Part II evaluates his critique of the social sciences. Part III focuses on his work on land and agrarian issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Part IV deals with his work on revolutionary theory and politics. Broadly speaking, this thesis is the first comprehensive engagement with the entire body of Mafeje’s scholarship. Specifically, the unique perspective of this thesis, and therefore its primary contribution to the existing body of knowledge, is that it seeks to overturn the idea that Mafeje was a critic of the discipline of anthropology only. The view that Mafeje was a mere critic of anthropology is in this thesis referred to as the standard view or the conventional view. The thesis argues that Mafeje is best understood as criticising all of the bourgeois social sciences for being Eurocentric and imperialist. This is offered as the alternative view. The thesis argues that the standard view makes a reformist of Mafeje, while the alternative view seeks to present him as the revolutionary scholar that he was. This interpretation lays the foundation for a profounder analysis of Mafeje’s work. In arguing that all the social sciences are Eurocentric and imperialist, he sought to liquidate them and therefore called for ‘non-disciplinarity’. It should be noted that in this regard, the primary focus of this thesis consists in following the unit of his thought and not whether he succeeded or failed in this difficult task. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 399 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Africa en
dc.subject Alterity en
dc.subject Alternative View en
dc.subject Anthropology en
dc.subject Decolonisation en
dc.subject Epistemology en
dc.subject Methodology en
dc.subject Land & Agrarian Issues en
dc.subject Revolutionary Theory en
dc.subject Standard View en
dc.subject.ddc 199.6
dc.subject.lcsh Philosophy, African en
dc.subject.lcsh Knowledge, Theory of -- Philosophy en
dc.subject.lcsh Mafeje, Archie en
dc.subject.lcsh Blacks -- Africa -- Politics and government en
dc.subject.lcsh Land tenure -- Africa, Sub-Saharan en
dc.subject.lcsh Blacks -- Africa -- Intellectual life en
dc.title Archie Mafeje : an intellectual biography en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Sociology en D. Litt. et Phil. (Sociology) en

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