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Afrikan contribution to international relations theory: an Afrocentric philosophical enquiry

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dc.contributor.advisor Koenane, M.L.J.
dc.contributor.author Mvulane-Moloi, Tshepo
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-01T10:58:47Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-01T10:58:47Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/1276
dc.description A dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Arts, University of Zululand (South Africa), in partial fulfillment for the degree of Master of Arts in Systematic Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, 2012. en_US
dc.description.abstract The academic field of IR has been haunted by its Westerncentric philosophical founding masters. This has consequently led almost the overall (if not the entire) literature, of this particular academic discipline, to have become a typical platform wherein the Eurocentric driven masternarratives have become consolidated, as the norm. The interrogation of pedagogy thus led to concerns of indoctrination, as a direct result of the dogmatic views (as specifically derived and driven by the literature of Western philosophy), which overtime has informed the bulk of IR (theory) literature. Themes of racism, dynamics introduced by the role of language, sexism, (Feminism, gender, patriarchy) even the age factor of authoritative IR theorists, amongst other factors, are thus brought afore and engaged in detail, hopefully not in an overly complex manner. Within this study, concepts such as Worldview are interrogated and stripped of their implied scholarly innocence. When studied closer, expressions (which have led to the formation of Mainstream IR theories), as located within the bulk of IR literature, reveal that what is presented as nuanced and structured thought, may specifically be traced back, and realized as mere rhetorical echoes of pioneering Western philosophers. From such an Eurocentric/Westerncentric foundation, as specifically located in the suspected scholarly body of Western Philosophy, this exploratory study, has thus inevitably placed an enormous question mark, on what may possibly be / have been the contribution of the other (non-Eurocentric / non-Westerncentric) IR theories. Particular investigative focus would hopefully, be placed upon securing a possible existence of an Afrikan philosophical Worldview, as may possibly be / have been informed by the doctrine of Afrocentricity. It should thus be understood that this particular study, is mainly interested, in what may currently be or have been Afrikan contribution to IR theory. The specific employment of Afrocentricity should hopefully be read, as an effort by the author of this study, to secure the sought Afrikan contribution to IR, from a local/from below (Afrikan) narrative perspective. Such an effort, may hopefully within this study, be linked to the chief aim(s) of Afrikan philosophy. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Research Foundation (NRF), Stellenbosch University and TATA Foundation. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Zululand en_US
dc.subject International relations theory en_US
dc.title Afrikan contribution to international relations theory: an Afrocentric philosophical enquiry en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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