An archaeology of psychological knowledge as technology of power in Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Snyders, F.J.A.
dc.contributor.postgraduate Bakker, Terri M.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-29T09:33:26Z
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dc.date.created 1996
dc.date.issued 1996
dc.description Thesis (DLitt)--University of Pretoria, 1996. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The relevance of psychology in Africa is increasingly debated by psychologists. The subject stands accused of continuing a colonial tradition of oppression through its Eurocentrism and failure to attend to the needs of African societies. The relevance debate raises questions around the relationship between power, knowledge, psychology, and African history. This study attempts to excavate the conditions of possibility of the debate, by construing an archaeology of psychological knowledge as technology of power in the African context. It assumes a constructivist stance, employs textual and narrative analogies, and follows Foucault's conceptualisation of the relation between power and knowledge. Five strata of knowledge emerging historically in Africa, each embodying distinctive approaches to knowledge, are described: Indigenous African knowledge, African Islamic knowledge, African Christianity, knowledges of Enlightenment, and knowledges of resistance. These knowledges, their psychological dimensions, as well as the circulation of power within and between them, are explored, and historical processes of subjugation and resistance highlighted. Western psychology, as technology of modern power, is situated within modernism and the narratives ofEnlightenment, which also provided the conditions of possibility of colonialism. The dominant narratives of relevance are related to those of African resistance and the limitations of psychology are conceptualised in terms of those pertaining to modernism. Possible postmodern avenues to the liberation of both psychology and its subjects, that are relevant to African contexts, are suggested. en_ZA
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dc.description.degree DLitt en_ZA
dc.description.department Psychology en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Bakker, TM 1996, An archaeology of psychological knowledge as technology of power in Africa, DLitt Thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/67410> en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/67410
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher University of Pretoria
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dc.title An archaeology of psychological knowledge as technology of power in Africa en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA


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