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Between Rhetoric and Reality : The State and Use of Indigenous Knowledge in Post-Colonial Africa.

Author: Munyaradzi Mawere; Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye
Publisher: Cape Town : Langaa RPCIG, 2015. ©2015.
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Since time immemorial, indigenous peoples around the world have developed knowledge systems to ensure their continued survival in their respective territories. These knowledge systems have always been dynamic such that they could meet new challenges. Yet, since the so-called enlightenment period, these knowledges have been supplanted by the Western enlightenment science or colonial science hegemony and arrogance  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Munyaradzi Mawere; Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye
ISBN: 9789956792832 9956792837
OCLC Number: 972071356
Description: 1 online resource (330 pages)
Contents: Cover --
Title page --
Copyright page --
Dedication --
List of Contributors --
Contents --
Chapter 1 --
Rethinking African Indigenous Knowledges and World Civilisations: Pasts, presents and the Futures --
Introduction --
Background to Africa, world civilisations, and knowledge development --
A guide through the book --
References --
Chapter 2 --
Indigenous Knowledge for Disaster Risk Management in Africa: Some showcases from Zimbabwe --
Introduction --
Objectives and methodological issues: A brief overview --
Understanding indigenous knowledge --
The use of indigenous knowledge in Zimbabwe --
Showcases of indigenous knowledge for disaster risk prediction and mitigation --
Why the hour hand is ticking towards modern science? --
Recommendations --
Conclusion --
References --
Chapter 3 --
An Evaluation of African Traditional Scientific Knowledge and Technological Devices --
Introduction --
The Backwardness of Traditional Africa --
A brief history of Africa's backwardness --
African science and technology in the pre-colonial era --
Conclusion --
References --
Chapter 4 --
Indigenous Knowledge, Conflation and Post-colonial Translation: Lessons from Fieldwork in Contemporary Rural Zimbabwe --
Introduction --
Overview on Indigenous knowledge, animism and translation --
The worlds, entities and knowledge practices related to droughts and rains --
Meteorological Sciences and Connections in the Indigenous Knowledge Systems: A Brief Note --
Conclusion --
References --
Chapter 5 --
Traditional Healers and Medicine in South Africa: A Quest for Legal and Scientific Recognition --
Introduction --
Background to the use of Traditional Medicine in South Africa --
Challenges to the use of Traditional Medicine in South Africa --
Traditional Medicine in post-Apartheid South Africa --
Critique of the Act No. 22 of 2007. The prospects of traditional medicine and its practitioners in South Africa --
Conclusion --
References --
Chapter 6 --
A History of Pre-colonial and Colonial Wildlife Conservation in Ghana --
Introduction --
Conservation --
Wildlife Conservation in Pre-Colonial Times --
Wildlife Preservation Laws and the creation of Game Reserves during the colonial era --
The Appointment of a Game Warden and Establishment of a Wildlife Department --
Conclusion --
References --
Chapter 7 --
'Sheep in Sheep's Clothing or Wolves in Sheep's Clothing?' Interventions by Non-state Actors in a Changing Climatic Environment in Rural Zimbabwe --
Introduction --
Understanding Non-State Actors (NSAs) --
NSAs interventions in Zimbabwe's rural communities: A case of Zvishavane Rural --
Conclusion --
References --
Chapter 8 --
Religion and the Restoration of Health in Africa: A Case Study of the Traditional Akan People of Ghana --
Introduction --
Methodology --
Who are the Akan? --
Medicine among the Akan --
Who is a traditional medical practitioner? --
The nexus between Religion and Medicine --
The Akan etiology of illness --
The Akan medical practitioner and the 'Germ Theory' --
The prospects of indigenous/traditional medicine in Ghana today --
Conclusion --
References --
Chapter 9 --
Indigenous Knowledge and the Management of Ecological Resources for Africa's Development --
Introduction --
For the continent to rise above its developmental challenges, African leaders may reconsider their development objectives to include the following --
The potency of indigenous knowledge --
Findings, suggestions and recommendations --
Conclusion --
References --
Chapter 10 --
The Role of Indigenous Shona Cultural Beliefs and Practices in the Conservation of the Environment --
Introduction --
The environmental problems --
The Western concept of the environment. African concept of the environment: A focus on the indigenous Shona of Zimbabwe --
Conclusion --
References --
Chapter 11 --
Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Dispute Resolutions: The Yoruba Example --
Introduction --
Indigenous Knowledge Systems --
Conflict and Conflict Resolution --
Preservation of Peace among the Yoruba --
Theoretical Framework for this study --
Methodology and Presentation of Data --
Analysis of the selected Proverbs in conflict resolution among the Yoruba --
Discussion and Recommendations --
Conclusion --
References --
Chapter 12 --
The Role and Efficacy of Indigenous Knowledge in Fostering Sustainable Development in Africa: A Case Study of Zimbabwe --
Introduction --
Indigenous knowledge and sustainability --
Application of indigenous knowledge in resource utilisation: A conceptual framework --
Variations of indigenous knowledge --
Indigenous knowledge and land reform in Zimbabwe --
Research methodologies and findings --
Conclusion --
References --
Chapter 13 --
Promoting Indigenous Knowledge for Sustainable Development in Africa: A Case Study of Ghana --
Introduction --
Definition of Indigenous Knowledge --
What is Sustainable Development? --
The Study Site --
Challenges to the Promotion of IK for Sustainable Development --
Colonialism --
Effect of Colonial Economy on Ghanaian IK Systems --
Destruction of Ghana's Natural Environment --
Impact of Western-Generated Social Change on IK in Ghana --
Impact of Western Formal Education on IK in Ghana --
Western Technology and Mass Media --
Urbanisation --
Why the neglect of IK in Ghana? --
Lack of Vision and Leadership Qualities of Government Leaders --
Attitude(s) of Ghanaian elite to IK --
Over Dependence on Foreign Aid --
The Way forward --
Conclusion --
References --
Back cover.

Abstract:

Since time immemorial, indigenous peoples around the world have developed knowledge systems to ensure their continued survival in their respective territories. These knowledge systems have always been dynamic such that they could meet new challenges. Yet, since the so-called enlightenment period, these knowledges have been supplanted by the Western enlightenment science or colonial science hegemony and arrogance such that in many cases they were relegated to the periphery. Some Euro-centric scholars even viewed indigenous knowledge as superstitious, irrational and anti-development. This erroneous view has, since the colonial period, spread like veld fire to the extent of being internalised by some political elites and Euro-centric academics of Africa and elsewhere. However, for some time now, the potential role that indigenous peoples and their knowledge can play in addressing some of the global problems haunting humanity across the world is increasingly emerging as part of international discourse. This book presents an interesting and insightful discourse on the state and role that indigenous knowledge can play in addressing a tapestry of problems of the world and the challenges connected with the application of indigenous knowledge in enlightenment science-dominated contexts. The book is not only useful to academics and students in the fields of indigenous studies and anthropology, but also those in other fields such as environmental science, social and political ecology, development studies, policy studies, economic history, and African studies.

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