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The Social and Political Thought of Archie Mafeje – Bongani Nyoka

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The Social and Political Thought of Archie Mafeje – Bongani Nyoka

Bongani Nyoka unpacks his book 'The Social and Political Thought of Archie Mafeje'. (Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

12th February 2021

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Social scientist Archie Mafeje, who was born in the Eastern Cape but lived most of his scholarly life in exile, was one of Africa’s most prominent intellectuals. This groundbreaking book is the first to consider the entire body of Mafeje’s oeuvre and offers much needed engagement with his ideas.

The most inclusive and critical treatment to date of Mafeje as a thinker and researcher, it does not aim to be a biography, but rather offers an analysis of his overall scholarship and his role as a theoretician of liberation and revolution in Africa.

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Bongani Nyoka argues that Mafeje’s superb scholarship developed out of both his experience as an oppressed black person and his early political education. These, merged with his university training, turned him into a formidable cutting-edge intellectual force.

Nyoka begins with an evaluation of Mafeje’s critique of the social sciences; his focus then shifts to Mafeje’s work on land and agrarian issues in sub-Saharan Africa, before finally dealing with his work on revolutionary theory and politics. By bringing Mafeje’s work to the fore, Nyoka engages in an act of knowledge decolonisation, thus making a unique contribution to South studies in sociology, history and politics.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bongani Nyoka is a lecturer in the Department of Political and International Studies, Rhodes University and a senior Research fellow at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study, University of Johannesburg.

 

The Social and Political Thought of Archie Mafeje is published by Wits Press

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