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Political science in Africa: freedom, relevance, impact
The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0582-8849
University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2024 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Bringing together African and international scholars, this book gives an account of the present state of the discipline of political science in Africa - generating insights into its present and future trajectories, and assessing the freedom with which it is practiced.

Tackling subjects including the decolonization of the discipline, political scientists as public intellectuals, and the teaching of political science, this diverse range of perspectives paints a detailed picture of the impact and relevance of the political science discipline on the continent during the struggles for democratization, and the influence it continues to exert today.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London ; Uppsala: Zed Books ; Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2024. , p. 272
Series
Africa Now
Keywords [en]
Africa, Case studies, Learning, Political science, Political scientists, Research, Teaching
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2913DOI: 10.5040/9781350299535ISBN: 9781350299498 (print)ISBN: 9781350299504 (print)ISBN: 9781350299511 (electronic)ISBN: 9781350299528 (electronic)ISBN: 9781350299535 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-2913DiVA, id: diva2:1825806
Note

Contents: 1. Political science discipline in Africa: Freedom, relevance, impact / Liisa Laakso -- 2. Political science and the study of Africa: Mapping the theoretical and conceptual terrain / Shadrack Wanjala Nasong'o -- 3. Political science and development management: Parallel tracks and critical junctures in Africa / Göran Hydén -- 4. Mainstreaming decolonisation in political science in Africa / Eghosa E. Osaghae -- 5. What does the decolonial turn for political sciences in Africa entail? And where do we start? / Siphamandla Zondi -- 6. A neglected subject: The politics of mourning the (de)humanised / Lebohang Motsomotso -- 7. Political science for whom? Reflections on teaching and learning political science in selected African universities / Christopher Isike & Olumuyiwa B. Amao -- 8. Policy studies as a sub-discipline of political science in Africa: Teachings, research trends and professional expertise in Cameroon / Ruth Mireille Manga Edimo -- 9. Beyond disciplinary polemics? The challenge of informal structures in the study of local political institutions in Africa / Matthew Sabbi -- 10.Ethnicity and democracy in Africa: A comparative study of Ghana and Nigeria / Maame Adwoa A. Gyekye-Jandoh -- 11. Research on gender, women and politics in Africa: Contributions and innovations / Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso --12. The impact of political science research on teaching political science in Southern Africa / Njekwa Mate -- 13. Use of empirical data in research and teaching of political science in Africa / Olugbemiga S. Afolabi -- 14. Political scientists as public intellectuals in Africa: Perspectives on relevance / Adigun Agbaje -- 15. Political scientists and intellectuals in the political evolution of Cameroon: 1960-2020 / Fabien Nkot, Molo Helene Amelie & Isa Adamu -- 16. A critical review of the state of academic freedom in Ghana's public universities: From pre-independence till the Fourth Republic / Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua -- 17. The politics of political science in Africa: An afterword / Siphamandla Zondi

Most of the chapters in this book are based on papers presented at a conference "The political science discipline in Africa : freedom, relevance, impact" jointly organized by the Nordic Africa Institute, Association of African Universities (AAU) and CODESRIA in Accra between October 31 and November 2, 2019

Available from: 2024-01-10 Created: 2024-01-10 Last updated: 2024-01-12Bibliographically approved

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