The intellectual marginalisation of Africa : African Identities

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dc.contributor.author Obeng-Odoom, F.
dc.date.accessioned 2022-02-23T10:35:01Z
dc.date.available 2022-02-23T10:35:01Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Obeng-Odoom , F 2019 , ' The intellectual marginalisation of Africa : African Identities ' , African identities , vol. 17 , no. 3-4 , pp. 211-224 . https://doi.org/10.1080/14725843.2019.1667223
dc.identifier.other PURE: 133051008
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dc.identifier.other RIS: urn:D4D93716DA1BF766FA0D460BB8F0B103
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85073830791
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/340849
dc.description.abstract The intellectual marginalisation of Africa is often explained in terms of the lack of human capital. However, the peripheralization and systemic neglect of excellent research published in Africa problematise the human capital thesis and, ironically, demonstrate that the appeal to ‘Southern theory’ is not a panacea either. Although these perspectives are quite distinct, both seek to explain, and ultimately redress, Africa’s intellectual marginalisation apart from, not as part of, Africa’s marginalised position in the world system. The growing gulf between the use of knowledge produced in Africa and that in the metropole as well as little metropoles in the continent is patterned after global inequalities–not just differences in levels of human capital or the underappreciation of African knowledge systems. The historical and continuing concentration of the instruments of knowledge production in the hands of elites, the inferiorisation of the contribution of Africans, especially women, and the peripheralization of African outlets of production and dissemination have been central to the creation and persistence of this intellectual marginalisation. Creating structures of dependence and imitative research neither critical of, nor confrontational to, power imbalances is one outcome which, in turn, further legitimises the status quo because its resulting knowledge is unlikely to challenge the hegemony of the global north. This knowledge hierarchy reinforces the privileged status of knowledge produced in the north, while seeking to undermine the potential transformative power of southern knowledge. If so, merely seeking to develop ‘Southern theory’ is an ineffective alternative to the human capital thesis. © 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof African identities
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Africa
dc.subject capitalism
dc.subject digital divide
dc.subject Intellectual inequalities
dc.subject knowledge divide
dc.subject 519 Social and economic geography
dc.title The intellectual marginalisation of Africa : African Identities en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Global Development Studies
dc.contributor.organization Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria)
dc.contributor.organization Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
dc.contributor.organization Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/14725843.2019.1667223
dc.relation.issn 1472-5843
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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