Title

Africanity at the End of the 20th Century

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

African Philosophy

Publication Date

1998

Date Added

2022-05-16

Abstract

The author argues that Africanity is always a question of political power, economic control, and never merely a 'culturalist' concern. He extends his analysis of the concept of Africanity to include questions about the possible meanings of Africanity not only on the continent but also in the diaspora. Relying on the work of Frantz Fanon, he schematically lays out the parameters within which these questions can be properly engaged. He shows that the Africanity of the diaspora is not an emblem or a cultural relic, but the concrete struggle to consolidate and expand further achievements secured thus far in the black emancipatory political struggle. The question of Africanity in postcolonial Africa is directly tied to efforts to go beyond the chronic effects of the continent's colonial past, and to the struggle for mass participatory political and economic democracy.

Keywords

African Studies

Disciplines

Philosophy

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