Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

Can non-Europeans think? – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.{Link}.

Michel Foucault

French philosopher Michel Foucault,he of the discourse concept {Post structuralism}.

Why is European philosophy ‘philosophy’,but African philosophy ‘ethnophilosophy’ ?

”How can history have a truth if truth in itself has a history” ? -Michel Foucault.Michel Foucault,an important influence on postructuralists in international relations,was opposed to the notion that knowledge is immune from the workings of power.Instead,he argued that power in fact produces knowledge.All power requires knowledge and all knowledge relies on and reinforces existing power relations. Thus there is no such thing as ‘truth’ outside of power.Postructuralists examine the concepts that dominate international relations-the discipline.That the dominant concepts are highly contingent on specific power relations.It is worth noting that all the major theories of International Relations/Studies -realism,liberalism,Marxism,social constructivism, and postructuralism- all emerged in  Europe in response to specific European problems,reckon postcolonialists.Postcolonial scholars question whether such theories can really purport to explain world politics.It is more likely that they continue to justify the military and economic subordination of the global South by powerful Western interests.(Globalization of World Politics).


The Myth of Africa’s Rise – By Rick Rowden | Foreign Policy.(Link).

Rick Rowden:Recent high growth rates and increased foreign investment in Africa have given rise to the popular idea that the continent may well be on track to become the next global economic powerhouse.This ”Africa Rising” narrative has been the most prominently presented in recent cover stories by Time Magazine and The Economist. Yet both publications are wrong in their analysis of Africa’s developmental prospects………..Click on the link provided above to find out just why Rick Rowden reckons that the rumours of Africa’s explosive growth have been greatly exaggerated.What do you think?Is Africa really rising?

Rick Rowden is a development consultant who has worked as an Inter-Regional Advisor for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva and as a senior policy  analyst for the NGO ActionAid.He is currently a doctoral candidate in economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi,India.