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Relationality and resilience in a not so relational world? : knowledge, chivanhu and (de- )coloniality in 21st century conflict-torn Zimbabwe

Author: Artwell Nhemachena
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, [Oxford, England] : Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective Bamenda [Cameroon] : Langaa Research & Publishing CIG, 2017. [2017]
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This book critically examines the relevance of the increasingly popular theories on relationality by interfacing those theories with the African (Shona) modes of engagement known as chivanhu (often erroneously narrowly translated as tradition). In other words, the book takes seriously concerns by African scholars that much of the theories that have been applied in Africa do not speak to relevance and faithfulness to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Artwell Nhemachena
ISBN: 9789956764303 9956764302
OCLC Number: 982469448
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Cape Town, 2015, titled Knowledge, chivanhu and struggles for survival in conflict-torn Manicaland, Zimbabwe.
Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (viii, 356 pages))
Contents: Introduction and background : on matters of violence and resilience --
Resilience or sacrifice? Droughts and knowledge translation --
The mhepo, mweya and ruzivo : knowing, sensing and resilience --
Ethics beyond bodies? Ukama, violence and resilience --
On economies of kutenda : agency, action and resilience against economic adversities --
Sensing presences? Health, illness and resilience --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Artwell Nhemachena.

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This book critically examines the relevance of the increasingly popular theories on relationality by interfacing those theories with the African (Shona) modes of engagement known as chivanhu (often erroneously narrowly translated as tradition). In other words, the book takes seriously concerns by African scholars that much of the theories that have been applied in Africa do not speak to relevance and faithfulness to the continent. Situated in a recent Zimbabwean context marked by multiple crises producing multiple forms of violence and want, the book examines the relevance of relational ontologies and epistemologies to the everyday life modes of engagements by villagers in a selected district. The book unflinchingly surfaces the strengths and weaknesses of popular theories while at the same time underlining the exigencies of theorising from Africa using African data as the millstones. By meticulously and painstakingly unpacking pertinent issues, the book provides unparalleled intellectual grit for the contemporary and increasingly popular discourses on (de- )coloniality and resilience in relation to the African peoples and their (often deliberately contested) environments, past, present and future. In other words, the book loudly sounds the bells for the battles to decolonise and transform Africa on Africa's own terms. This is a book that would be extremely useful to scholars, activists, theorists, policy makers and implementers as well as researchers interested not only in Africa's future trajectory but also in the simultaneities of temporalities and worlds that were sadly overshadowed by colonial epistemologies and ontologies for the past centuries.

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