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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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Paul Banahene Adjei is a Ghanaian-Canadian. He has a PhD degree from the University of Toronto and is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. His recent works include “When Blackness Shows Up Uninvited: Examining the Murder of Trayvon Martin through Fanonian Racial Interpellation,” included in Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity: A Critical Reader, Peter Lang; and “What Has Barack Obama’s Election Victory Got to Do with Race? A Closer Look at Post-Racial Rhetoric and Its Implication for Antiracism Education,” published in Race, Ethnicity and Education 16(1), 134–153. His teaching and research interests include but are not limited to critical race and anticolonial readings of violence and nonviolence; leadership and social justice; spirituality and social work practice; and alternative discourses in development.

Francis Akena Adyanga is a PhD Candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT). His research interests include anticolonial education/thought, Indigenous knowledge (science), and Education in Emergencies and post-Emergence Contexts. He has experience in university education teaching and working for nongovernmental organization in Uganda.

← 207 | 208 → Isaac Nortey Darko has a Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto. A Ghanaian by birth, Isaac’s research interests focus on areas such as Indigenous knowledge systems, spirituality, religion, education, governance, and information communication technology.

George J. Sefa Dei is a renowned educator, researcher, and writer. Currently, he is Professor of Humanities, Social Sciences,...

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