Four concepts of Africa

Show simple item record Fourie, Willem 2015-08-26T07:20:34Z 2015-08-26T07:20:34Z 2015-05-12
dc.description.abstract What makes the words ‘Africa’ and ‘African’ possible and useful? In this article it is argued that at least four internally coherent concepts of Africa exist, and that none of these concepts are ethically neutral. The article is presented as a contribution to attempts at using the term ‘Africa’ in self-critical, reflexive and constructive ways. It could therefore be of interest to all researchers, particularly those in the humanities and theology, who locate their research within the context of ‘Africa’. It is argued that Africa can be conceived of as a place, a commodity, a condition and an ideal. By drawing on mostly primary sources it is shown that the term ‘Africa’ only relatively recently came to refer to a continent, that Africa as a place and Africa as a condition in need of betterment formed the foundation for its commodification, and that Africa only very recently became a self-description of the people who live on the continent of Africa. Each of these concepts of Africa is shown to be based on a particular logic with both strengths and weaknesses. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Fourie W, 2015, ‘Four concepts of Africa’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 71(3), Art. #2847, 10 pages. 10.4102/hts.v71i3.2847. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v71i3.2847
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Continent en_ZA
dc.subject Place en_ZA
dc.subject Commodity en_ZA
dc.title Four concepts of Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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