Postcolonial African Anthropologies showcases some postcolonial ethnographies and aims to figure out how and why anthropology has engaged with conversations on decolonisation and postcolonialism.
The postcolonial ethnographies in this book show that Africans may not necessarily interpret and communicate their experiences in the ways that anthropologists trained in Western institutions and disciplines do, but they are multi-vocal and are ever present to speak with authority on their experience.
This book then, deepens and diversifies conversations on Africa and in particular, a ‘postcolonial’ Africa to understand the position of anthropologists, the position of Africans and the positioning of the discipline of anthropology in Africa.
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1. Introduction: Continuities and Contradictions in Postcolonial African Anthropologies
2. Men, women, temporality and critical ethnography in Africa – the imperative for a trans-disciplinary conversation
3. Romance, Reflection and Reflexivity in South Africa – Researching the Congolese ‘other’ in Muizenberg, South Africa
4. Research, Knowledge and Power: a Case Study of Interaction between an Anthropologist and a ‘Çommunity’ Over Three Decades in Chatha, South Africa
CHRIS DE WET
5. Mapping Journeys through landscape: Phenomenological Explorations of Environment Amongst Rural AIDS Orphans in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
PATRICIA C. HENDERSON
6. Re-imagining Identity in Indian Ocean Africa
7. Border Crossing: Exploring the impact of African scholarship on Indian witchcraft studies
8. Say you are one of them? Elites and Ethnographic Encounters in Africa and Nigeria
9. African Trysts: Rethinking the Saharan Divide
NEJM BENESSAIAH and IRENE CALIS
10. Communicating Anthropology, Anthropology as Communication
FRANCIS B. NYAMNJOH
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