Archie Mafeje
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Archie Mafeje was an independent Pan-Africanist and cosmopolitan individual who sought to understand the world at a global level in order to locate Africa within that tapestry. In many ways, Archie Mafeje was one of the African intellectual pathfi nders. He contributed immensely to the African people's search for self-understanding, self-determination and political emancipation as they struggled against alienation and misrepresentation. In recognising the academic and intellectual contribution of Archie Mafeje, this monograph also refl ects on the African people's journey for emancipation in the search for African identity, self-control and self-understanding.

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Published 01 June 2011
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ArchieMafeje Scholar,ActivistandThinker
Dani W Nabudere
Archie Mafeje Scholar, Activist and Thinker
First published in 2011 by the Africa Institute of South Africa PO Box 630 Pretoria 0001 South Africa
ISBN-13: 978-0-7983-0286-9
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Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Who is Archie Mafeje? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Mafeje’s ideological and philosophical orientations . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
The critique of anthropology and alterity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
The study of rural African society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Culture as the ‘missing link’ in African development . . . . . . . . . . . 30
The issue of ‘social formations’ of African society . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Mafeje’s attempts to endogenise and deconstruct
knowledge production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
The African post-colonial states and the African political elite . . . 57
Mafeje and African philosophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
The Interlacustrine Kingdoms as ‘social formations’ . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Mafeje – The South African radical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Cosmology, epistemology and academic disciplines . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110