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An African Perspective on Southern Anthropological Solidarities
Globalisation is the result of the unipolar world that came as the consequence of the end of communism and the attendant discontinuation of the Non-Aligned association of nations of the South. Globalisation is presented as the homogenisation of social processes: economic, cultural and political, everywhere on the planet. It is supposed to belong to no particular group but in reality globalisation is the sociality of the superpower that survived the collapse of its rival. The twin social theories on whose back globalisation rides are poststructuralism and postmodernism. The first denies the existence of truth and the latter is a formalised scepticism of science and scholarship. Knowledge-production strategies that predated these theories are rejected as totalizing. But the irony is that no theories before them have been more totalizing. The experience of the anthropological community in Africa point to a strong need for an authentic polylogue among the world various social systems for such true diversity of views which will make it possible for African scholars to bring their own contributions to the common intellectual table. It is remarkable that the period when African countries performed relatively better also coincided with the period when scholars here took home-grown rigour in conceptualising and theorising social life seriously. I propose that African scholars and Africanists should interrogate the amorphousness that knowledge-production on the continent now suffers from.