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n Africa Insight - Perspectives on the Right to Development, Carol C. Ngang, Serges Djoyou Kamga & Vusi Gumede (Eds.) - book review

Volume 49 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804

Abstract

This book can without a doubt claim to be a complete cartographical representation of different African perspectives on the two ostensibly distinct notions of development and human rights. The book furnishes yet another invaluable contribution to these two notions, whose contours are deeply contested. For some, the notion of development as a form of social change is contingent on ‘biologism’ and as such imbricated in ‘naturalist ideology’. For others, the notion of development is attributable to ‘Marxian and Hegelian traditions in Western thought and the concept of modernity’. In this sense, ‘its emergence was a direct consequence of trying to conceptualise and mediate the appropriate relationship between Europe and its former colonies in the wake of decolonisation’. In terms of this view, the notion of development is imbricated in the historicist Hegelian theodicy which subscribes to a view of history where freedom is progressively achieved and all that is evil fades away. Yet, the notion of development continues to suffuse popular imagination as a key ontological and epistemological lodestar that influences how we conceive of our spatiotemporal positionality.

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2019-09-22

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