The Resource Iron cages : paradigms, ideologies and the crisis of the postcolonial state, Alison Jones

Iron cages : paradigms, ideologies and the crisis of the postcolonial state, Alison Jones

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Iron cages : paradigms, ideologies and the crisis of the postcolonial state
Title
Iron cages
Title remainder
paradigms, ideologies and the crisis of the postcolonial state
Statement of responsibility
Alison Jones
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In Iron Cages, Alison Jones argues that the social sciences in their ideological capacity are implicated in the crisis of the postcolonial state. During the Cold War era, two paradigms in particular - modernisation theory and Marxism-Leninism - operated in hostile competition with one another. Each defined the boundaries and trajectories of l̀egitimate knowledge' in the sphere of Third World development. Paradoxically, they shared a common endeavour: that of banishing ìllegitimate' knowledges and life experiences to an epistemological limbo. Thus, the iron bars of expert knowledge systems imported from the United States (the West) and the Soviet bloc (the East) competed to enclose the lived worlds of Africans within rigid s̀cientific' parameters, in the process materially contributing to the coercive configurations of African states." "The post-Cold War dominance of liberal (capitalist) democracy has brought little relief to a beleaguered sub-continent. The locus of global truth continues to correspond with the locus of global power; in consequence, alternative knowledge systems and historically specific political and social experience continue to be marginalised. However, a monolithic African nationalism does not provide a credible alternative. On the contrary, when African elites define an exclusively African t̀ruth', they merely succeed in deepening the legitimacy crisis of the postcolonial state." "According to Jones, the search for substantive territory somewhere between African specificities and global imperatives was taken seriously by two Cold War era African leaders - Amilcar Cabral of Guinea-Bissau and Julius Nyerere of Tanzania. Both leaders made innovative attempts to construct political ideologies that meshed sufficiently with local realities - yet neither focused exclusively on Africans (as distinct from a non-African òther'). Rather, they spoke inclusively of human beings, and located their countries and peoples within a universal humanist discourse. By situating local specificities within global contexts, they flagged a way forward for the state in Africa."--BOOK JACKET
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BTCTA
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1951-
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Jones, Alison
Dewey number
320.15096
Index
index present
LC call number
HN773.5
LC item number
.J664 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Self-determination, National
  • Ideology
  • Africa
  • Democracy
  • Socialism
  • Nation-state
Label
Iron cages : paradigms, ideologies and the crisis of the postcolonial state, Alison Jones
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-244) and index
Contents
  • Chapter Two:.
  • Of Paradigms and Lived Worlds
  • Kuhn: Scientific communities and world views
  • Mannheim: Social communities and world views
  • Guevara's dawa
  • Chapter Three:.
  • Varieties of Nationalism
  • Paradigmatic nationalisms
  • Cultural nationalism
  • Chapter Four:.
  • Introduction: Perspectives on Àfrican Crisis'
  • Genesis and Contexts of African Studies
  • Decolonising contexts
  • Cold War contexts
  • Chapter Five:.
  • Orthodox Modernisation Theory
  • Systems analysis
  • Structural-functionalism
  • Behaviouralism
  • Chapter Six:.
  • Huntington's Modernisation Revisionism
  • Post-Cold War perspectives on Àfrican crisis'
  • Binary organisation of key concepts
  • Endorsement of authoritarian one-party states
  • Modernisation revisionism and neo-conservatism
  • Chapter Seven:.
  • Intra-Marxist Disputes and Eurocentrism
  • General tenets of dependency theory
  • Dependency theory's critique of modernisation theory
  • Scientific Marxism versus dependency theory
  • Leninist science
  • Extension of Lenin's science of social reality to the Third World
  • Chapter One:.
  • Stalinist science
  • Post-Stalinist àctually existing socialism'
  • Humanist Marxism
  • Chapter Eight:.
  • Varieties and Vicissitudes of Marxism in Africa
  • Fanon: The Wretched of the Earth
  • Cabral: T̀he human beings in our country'
  • Socialists and science
  • Variations on a dependency theme
  • Chapter Nine:.
  • Of Iron Cages and Paradigms
  • Ujamaa Socialism in Tanzania
  • difficult inheritance
  • Brickbats and bouquets
  • Nyerere's political theory
  • Post-Cold War events and perspectives
  • Paradigms and reflexivity
  • Paradigms and physics envy
  • iron cage of expert knowledge
  • science - ideology interface
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xvi, 253 p.
Isbn
9781869141684
Lccn
2010365387
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2133741-01umb_inst
  • 2196976
  • (Sirsi) i9781869141684
  • (OCoLC)401140283
Label
Iron cages : paradigms, ideologies and the crisis of the postcolonial state, Alison Jones
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-244) and index
Contents
  • Chapter Two:.
  • Of Paradigms and Lived Worlds
  • Kuhn: Scientific communities and world views
  • Mannheim: Social communities and world views
  • Guevara's dawa
  • Chapter Three:.
  • Varieties of Nationalism
  • Paradigmatic nationalisms
  • Cultural nationalism
  • Chapter Four:.
  • Introduction: Perspectives on Àfrican Crisis'
  • Genesis and Contexts of African Studies
  • Decolonising contexts
  • Cold War contexts
  • Chapter Five:.
  • Orthodox Modernisation Theory
  • Systems analysis
  • Structural-functionalism
  • Behaviouralism
  • Chapter Six:.
  • Huntington's Modernisation Revisionism
  • Post-Cold War perspectives on Àfrican crisis'
  • Binary organisation of key concepts
  • Endorsement of authoritarian one-party states
  • Modernisation revisionism and neo-conservatism
  • Chapter Seven:.
  • Intra-Marxist Disputes and Eurocentrism
  • General tenets of dependency theory
  • Dependency theory's critique of modernisation theory
  • Scientific Marxism versus dependency theory
  • Leninist science
  • Extension of Lenin's science of social reality to the Third World
  • Chapter One:.
  • Stalinist science
  • Post-Stalinist àctually existing socialism'
  • Humanist Marxism
  • Chapter Eight:.
  • Varieties and Vicissitudes of Marxism in Africa
  • Fanon: The Wretched of the Earth
  • Cabral: T̀he human beings in our country'
  • Socialists and science
  • Variations on a dependency theme
  • Chapter Nine:.
  • Of Iron Cages and Paradigms
  • Ujamaa Socialism in Tanzania
  • difficult inheritance
  • Brickbats and bouquets
  • Nyerere's political theory
  • Post-Cold War events and perspectives
  • Paradigms and reflexivity
  • Paradigms and physics envy
  • iron cage of expert knowledge
  • science - ideology interface
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xvi, 253 p.
Isbn
9781869141684
Lccn
2010365387
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2133741-01umb_inst
  • 2196976
  • (Sirsi) i9781869141684
  • (OCoLC)401140283

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