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ERIC Number: EJ1203024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
Gazes in the Post-Colony: An Analysis of African Philosophies Using Legitimation Code Theory
Luckett, Kathy
Teaching in Higher Education, v24 n2 p197-211 2019
This article reports on an analysis undertaken in the field of African philosophies using selected conceptual tools from Maton's Legitimation Code Theory (LCT). In response to calls by South African students for 'decolonising' the Humanities curriculum, the practical purpose of the analysis was to generate theoretically-informed guidelines for developing a curriculum for an undergraduate course in a new African Studies major. The field of African philosophies is of theoretical interest because historically it has been premised on responding to and challenging dominant, Western ideas imposed on African intellectuals through processes of colonization and modernization. LCT was employed to uncover principles that legitimate knowledge claims in this fieldĀ -- with a view to determining what content should be selected, recontextualized and pedagogized for the new curriculum. The analysis includes the author's meta-reflections on the affordances and limitations of LCT for working with knowledge in the South.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa