BOOK REVIEWS (2013): Mkandawire et al.’s (2005) African Intellectuals: Rethinking Politics, Language, Gender, and Development

27 May 2013

Revisiting the necessary role of the intellectual (and by implication the artist) in our late-order capitalist milieu where all we do gets swept up in support of that (undesirable) status quo

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Summary (in One Sentence)

Conceiving our identities as diasporic* intellectuals** offers the alternative possibility of an edge***rather than the notion of intersectionality for engaging the world without simultaneously positioning ourselves—by design or accident, de facto or de jure—as comprador intellectuals or merely post-colonial Intellectuals.

*intellectuals: those “who transform what may previously have been the incoherent and fragmentary ‘feelings’ of those who live in a particular class or nationally oppressed position, into a coherent account of the world” (Suttner, 2005, 130).

**diasporic identity “implies a form of group consciousness constituted historically through expressive culture, politics, thought, and tradition, in which existential and representational resources are mobilized, in varied measures from the minds of both the old and the new worlds” (Zeleza, 2005, 211).

***edge:  “For those not familiar with permaculture, edge is the boundary between two elements. Examples of edge include the boundary between land and…

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