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The Study of Africa Volume 1

Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Encounters

edited by Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

This is the first of a two-volume work which takes stock of the study of Africa in the twenty-first century: its status, research agenda and approaches, and place. It is divided into two parts, the first on the academic disciplines and African Studies, the second on interdisciplinary studies.

Topics addressed in part one include: anthropology, race, ethnography and sociology in relation to area studies; African historiography, and the research and teaching of history in Africa in an era of institutional crisis and ‘global history’; and the need to rethink Africanist political sciences.

ISBN 9782869781979 | 496 pages | 229 x 152 mm | 2006 | CODESRIA, Senegal | Paperback



'This two-volume collection…establishes entirely new parameters for Africanist scholarship…[it is] interested in answering the question: What is Africa's place in the world today?' 

Ato Quayson, Professor of English and Director, Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

'…provides the most comprehensive and critical analyses of African studies in the world today…reveals a fundamental, though depressing, fact that the terms of global intellectual exchange are unequal…and that it is the responsibility of African scholars, both in the continent and in diaspora, to spearhead [the] struggle for intellectual decolonization and deconstruction.' 

Professor Bethwell A. Ogot, Chancellor, Moi University, Professor Emeritus of History Maseno University, Kenya

'Paul Tiyambe Zeleza has put together a timely publication that presents admirably critical assessments of the role and relevance of “African Studies”—its content, its march from Eurocentrism to be solidly based in contemporary Africa, and its place within the globalization agenda.'

Professor Lennart Wohlgemuth, Centre for African Studies, Gothenburg University



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