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Authored by: Nontyatyambo Pearl Dastile

The Routledge Handbook on Africana Criminologies

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367435721
eBook ISBN: 9781003004424
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Knowledges in Africa about Africa and the diaspora continue to be dominated by Western ways of analysis and theories that do not center the being of an African. Indeed, one of the pertinent ways in which colonialism plays itself poignantly is in the area of developing knowledges. These knowledges described an African as a “savage, an inferior being,” thus promoting only Western ways of developing knowledges and ideas about the world. As Boaventura De Sousa Santos (2014: 193–195) concludes, the colonization of African knowledges and African ways of knowing and being led to the “reduction of the natives to the category of natural subjects.”

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