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Emerging Perspectives on ‘African Development’

Speaking Differently


Edited By George J. Sefa Dei and Paul Banahene Adjei

Emerging Perspectives on ‘African Development’: Speaking Differently discusses numerous areas of interest and issues about Africa, including contemporary challenges and possibilities of development. The book critically engages the many ways of presenting ‘development,’ highlighting the interplay of tradition and modernity as well as contestations over knowledge production in ‘post-colonial’ Africa. It offers cautionary words to field practitioners, researchers, and social theorists who work in development using language that is easily accessible to laypersons. This book is also for undergraduate and graduate courses on development, global education, rural development, and Africa studies. For readers looking for something new about Africa beyond the old stories of catastrophes and human misery, this book will be indispensable. It demonstrates that even in the face of many failures, tragedies, and suffering, Africa’s stories can be told with hope and a sense of possibility.
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Emerging Perspectives on ‘African Development’:speaking differently / edited by George J. Sefa Dei, Paul Banahene Adjei.pages cm. — (Counterpoints: studies in the postmodern theory of education; vol. 443)Includes bibliographical references.1. Africa—Politics and government—21st century. 2. Africa—Social policy.3. Africa—Economic policy. 4. Education and state—Africa.I. Dei, George J. Sefa. (George Jerry Sefa), author, editor of compilation.II. Adjei, Paul Banahene, author, editor of compilation.JQ1875.E529 320.6096—dc23 2014000509ISBN 978-1-4331-2096-1 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-2095-4 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4539-1306-2 (e-book)ISSN 1058-1634

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