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ERIC Number: EJ792041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-18
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
The Dilemmas of Explaining Africa
Ochonu, Moses
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n32 pB28 Apr 2008
African professors are often asked by Americans at academic gatherings, campus events, and informal social gatherings what they think of the never-ending civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the genocide in Sudan, anarchy in Somalia, last year's disastrous elections in Nigeria, the Kenyan political crisis, and other problems. Whether they like it or not, Americans see them as knowledgeable about every political crisis torturing their continent and about all its countries--not just the one where they were born. Many Americans take liberties with African realities, generalizing recklessly and clinging to prejudiced preconceptions. Intellectual dialogue about Africa and its travails is almost impossible with that kind of Westerner. In this article, the author discusses the moral dilemmas of explaining Africa.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa