Africa Must Be Modern: A Manifesto

Africa Must Be Modern: A Manifesto

By: Olufemi Taiwo (author)Paperback

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In a forthright and uncompromising manner, Olufemi Taiwo explores Africa's hostility toward modernity and how that hostility has impeded economic development and social and political transformation. What has to change for Africa to be able to respond to the challenges of modernity and globalization? Taiwo insists that Africa can renew itself only by fully engaging with democracy and capitalism and by mining its untapped intellectual resources. While many may not agree with Taiwo's positions, they will be unable to ignore what he says. This is a bold exhortation for Africa to come into the 21st century.

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About Author

Olufemi Taiwo is Professor of Africana Studies at the Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University. He is author of How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa (IUP, 2010).

Contents

Preface to the U.S. Edition Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Why Africa Must Get on Board the Modernity Express 2. The Sticky Problem of Individualism 3. The Knowledge Society and Its Rewards 4. Count, Measure, and Count Again 5. Process, not Outcome: Why Trusting Your Leader, Godfather, Ethnic Group or Chief May Not Best Secure Your Advantage 6. Against the Philosophy of Limits: Installing a Culture of Hope Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 10/04/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780253012753
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780253012753
  • weight: 254
  • ISBN10: 0253012759

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