Rethinking Securities in an Emergent Technoscientific New World Order
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Rethinking Securities in an Emergent Technoscientific New World Order


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The emergent technoscientific New World Order is being legitimised through discourses on openness and inclusivity. The paradox is that openness implies vulnerability and insecurities, particularly where closure would offer shelter. While some actors, including NGOs, preach openness of African societies, Africans clamour for protection, restitution and restoration. Africans struggle for ownership and access to housing, for national, cultural, religious, economic, and social belonging that would offer them the necessary security and protection, including protection from the global vicissitudes and matrices of power. In the presence of these struggles, to presuppose openness would be to celebrate vulnerability and insecurities.
This book examines ways in which emergent technologies expose Africans and, more generally, peoples of the global south to political, economic, social, cultural and religious shocks occasioned by the coloniality of the global matrices of power. It notes that there is the use – by global elites – of technologies to incite postmodern revolutions designed to compound the vicissitudes and imponderables in the already unsettled lives of people north and south. Particularly targeted by these technologies are African and other governments that do not cooperate in the fulfilment of the interests of the hegemonic global elites. The book is handy to students and practitioners in security studies, African studies, development studies, global studies, policy studies, and political science.



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EDITEDBYMunyaradzi Mawere and Artwell Nhemachena
Rethinking Securities in an Emergent Technoscientific New World Order: Retracing the Contours for Africa’s Hi-jacked Futures Edited by Munyaradzi Mawere & Artwell NhemachenaL a ng a a R esea rch & P u blishing CIG Mankon, Bamenda
Publisher:LangaaRPCIG Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective
ISBN-10: 9956-764-11-6
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List of Contributors Munyaradzi Mawereis a Professor in the Simon Muzenda School of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies at Great Zimbabwe University in Zimbabwe. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology, three Masters Degrees – Social Anthropology, Development Studies, and Philosophy – and a BA (Hons) Degree in Philosophy. Before joining this university, Professor Mawere was a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe and at Universidade Pedagogica, Mozambique, where he has also worked in different capacities as a senior lecturer, assistant research director, postgraduate co-ordinator, and professor. He is an author of more than 50 books and over 200 academic publications with a focus on Africa straddling the following areas: poverty and development, African philosophy, society and culture, democracy, politics of food production, humanitarianism and civil society organisations, urban anthropology, existential anthropology, cultural philosophy, environmental anthropology, society and politics, decoloniality and African studies. Some of his bestselling books are:Humans, Other Beings and the Environment: Harurwa (Edible stinkbugs) and Environmental Conservation in South-eastern Zimbabwe(2015);Theory, Knowledge, Development and Politics: What Role for the Academy in the Sustainability of Africa? (2016);Democracy, Good Governance and Development in Africa: A Search for Sustainable Democracy and Development, (2015);Culture, Indigenous Knowledge and Development in Africa: Reviving Interconnections for Sustainable Development (2014); Myths of Peace and Democracy? Towards Building Pillars of Hope, Unity and Transformation in Africa(2016);Cultural Capital for Sustainability: A Pan Harnessing Africanist Perspective(2015); Divining the Future of Africa: Healing the Wounds, Restoring Dignity and Fostering Development, (2014);African Cultures, Memory and Space: Living the Past Presence in Zimbabwean Heritage (2014);Violence, Politics and Conflict Management in Africa: Envisioning Transformation, Peace and Unity in the Twenty-First Century(2016); African Philosophy and Thought Systems: A Search for a Culture and Philosophy of Belonging(2016);Africa at the Crossroads: Theorising Fundamentalisms in the 21st Century(2017);Colonial Heritage, Memory and Sustainability in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Prospects (2016);Underdevelopment, Development and the Future of Africa(2017), andTheorising Development in
Africa: Towards Building an African Framework of Development (2017); African Studies in the Academy: The Cornucopia of Theory, Praxis and Transformation in Africa? (2017);GMOs, Consumerism and the Global st Politics of Biotechnology: Rethinking Food, Bodies and Identities in Africa’s 21 Century(2017); andHuman Trafficking and Trauma in the Digital Era: The Ongoing Tragedy of the Trade in Refugees from Eritrea(2017). Artwell Nhemachenaholds a PhD in Social Anthropology; MSc in Sociology and Social Anthropology; BSc Honours Degree in Sociology and a Certificate in Law. He lectures in Sociology at the University of Namibia. His current areas of research interest are Knowledge Studies; Development Studies; Environment; Resilience; Food Security and Food Sovereignty; Industrial Sociology; Conflict and Peace; Transformation; Science and Technology Studies, Democracy and Governance; Relational Ontologies; Decoloniality and Anthropological Jurisprudence. He has published in the areas of social theory, research methods, democracy and governance; conflict and peace; relational ontologies; industrial sociology; development; science and technology studies; anthropological jurisprudence, environment, mining, biotechnology and knowledge studies; transformation and decoloniality. Raymond Ogunadeholds a PhD in Religious Studies. He is a Fulbright Fellow and Study of the United States Institute (SUSI), on Religious Pluralism and Public Presence, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, 2011; a fellow of Association of Commonwealth Universities on Spirituality and Social work, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, 2010-2011. He is an Award Winner; Science and Religion Course Program, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences; and John Templeton Foundation, Berkeley, California, USA, 2001. He teaches Comparative Religious Studies and the Interface between Religion and Science at the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. He has two books and several publications to his credit locally and internationally. He plays chess and he is the university of Ilorin Chess coach. He is the University of Ilorin and the Kwara State Chess Coach in Nigeria. He has just been appointed on the Board of the Nigerian Chess Federation.
Fidelis Peter Thomas Duriis a Senior Lecturer of History in the Department of Archaeology, Culture and Heritage, History and Development Studies at Great Zimbabwe University. He is a holder of a PhD in History from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has published a number of books and articles which focus on environmental history, socio-cultural dynamics, subaltern struggles, African border studies, and Zimbabwe’s socio-political landscape during the colonial and post-colonial periods. In addition to reviewing a number of scholarly articles, he has also edited books such asResilience Amid Adversity: Informal Coping Mechanisms to the Zimbabwean Crisis during the New Millennium(2016) and Contested Spaces, Restrictive Mechanisms and Corridors of Opportunity: A Social History of Zimbabwean Borderlands and Beyond since the Colonial Period(2017). He is also a member of the editorial boards of international journals which include theZimbabwe Journal of Historical Studies and theInternational Journal of Developing Societies. He is also a renowned political analyst for various Zimbabwean newspapers such asThe MirrorandTellZim. Last Alfandikais a Lecturer at Great Zimbabwe University in Media and Cultural Studies. He is currently doing a PhD in Media Studies with the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Misheck P. Chingozhaholds BMgt (HR), MBA, MSc. in Peace Leadership and Conflict Resolution from the Zimbabwe Open University, a MSc. in Development Studies from the Women’s University in Africa (WUA). Mr Chingozha is also a holder of a Diploma in Adult Education from the University of Zimbabwe, Diploma in Business Studies (FBS), a National Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering, Certificate in Electrical Engineering (HEXCO), Certificate in Accountancy (ZAAT), and Skilled Worker Class One (manpower). Chingozha is also an incumbent part-time Lecturer in the Faculties of Commerce and Law, and Applied Social Sciences at the Zimbabwe Open University. Besides, Chingozha is an incumbent Senior Officer at the Rank of Chief Superintendent in the Police Force. Chingozha has written and published a Shona novel and co-authored 4 modules for the Zimbabwe Open University. His research interests lie in the areas of development, policing, gender,
leadership, indigenous knowledge systems, and environmentally related issues. Nancy Mazurua lecturer in the Department of History, is Archaeology and Development studies at Great Zimbabwe University. She holds a Master of Science degree in Development Studies from Women's University in Africa. Currently, she is a Development studies PhD candidate at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Zaccheaus Gbengaholds a Masters degree in Comparative Religious Studies from the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. Being awarded as a “University Scholar”, he graduated top of his first degree and postgraduate classes respectively. His research interests include; Christian ethics, Yoruba Religion and the interface between Science and Religion in the contemporary society. He is a co-author of the fast-spreading and award potential bookEschatology “Biblical and American Biometrics: Obama’s RFID vs the Mark of the Beast 666(Raymond Ogunade PhD and Gbenga Zaccheaus 2016). He has few publications to his credit locally and internationally. Gift Gwindingwea part-time lecturer at Great Zimbabwe is University in Media and Cultural Studies. He is currently studying for his PhD in Communication studies with Fort Hare University in South Africa. Tom Toma Doctoral Research Fellow at the South African is Research Chair Initiative- Chair in Social Policy, College of Graduate Studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Development Studies, Faculty of Applied Social Sciences at the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU). He holds a Bachelor of Science Honours in Sociology and Master of Science in Sociology and Social Anthropology, both attained at the University of Zimbabwe. His research, publication and teaching focuses on sociology, social policy, development and gender. He has also done several consultancies in these critical areas. His works have been published in various journals and books. The thrust of his work is to enhance wellbeing.
Edmore Dubea PhD in Christian-Muslim Dialogue (2003) holds from the University of Zimbabwe. His Masters of Arts (UZ 1995) was biased towards Islamic Studies, while his Honours dissertation (1993) was on the Remba of Mposi in Mberengwa. He has grappled with the Remba discourse since 1993, and has published three articles on the subject. He has published an equal number on Islam in Africa and continues to research in that area. His interest on justice and peace as pillars of dialogue has seen him working keenly on the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) and the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) pastoral letters. He has made one publication in that area and two are still pending. He has also published one article on the injustices of ‘Land Tenure in Zimbabwe’ in a volume edited Munyaradzi Mawere and Tapuwa Raymond Mubaya, who have been very inspirational to upcoming scholars. He is currently lecturing in Biblical and Islamic Studies at Great Zimbabwe University. ORJI Boniface Ifeanyiis a lecturer in the Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, Crown Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Ilorin, Kwara State Nigeria. He has BA and MA History from the University of Ilorin, and he is currently a PhD candidate at the same University of Ilorin, Kwara State. His areas of interest include History, Migration and Diaspora Studies, Gender Studies, Economic and Social History; Peace and Conflict Studies. Tapuwa Raymond Mubayaa Lecturer at Great Zimbabwe is University’s Simon Muzenda School of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies and a PhD candidate at Tilburg University, Netherlands. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Heritage Studies and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Philosophy both from the University of Zimbabwe. He is currently studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Higher and Tertiary Education with the Great Zimbabwe University. Mr. Mubaya co-edited and co-authored five books and over 40 publications comprising book chapters and journal articles in internationally renowned journals and publishing houses. Besides, Mr. Mubaya played a pivotal role in co-authoring more than 25 books straddling various subjects and fields such as Heritage Studies, Guidance and Counselling and Visual and Performing Arts for the
approved new primary and secondary curriculum. Before joining the Great Zimbabwe University, Mr. Mubaya worked for the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) for more than eight years as both the Curator in charge and the head of the Great Zimbabwe Monuments Conservation Department. Prosper Hellen Tloureceived her Master of Arts with Bachelor of Arts Honours at the University of Venda (UNIVEN), Bachelor Of Arts Degree at Great Zimbabwe University and is teaching Tshivenda language at Great Zimbabwe University. She currently serves as a Tshivenda coordinator in the department of African languages and literature. Her research interest focuses on linguistics, onomastic and Sociolinguistics. Aleck Mapindani obtained both his Master of Arts (2014) and Bachelor of Arts Honours (2012) Degrees from the University of Venda. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts General degree from the Great Zimbabwe University (2011). In 2011, he joined the Department of African Languages and Literature as a Teaching Assistant at the Great Zimbabwe University. Currently, he is employed by the Great Zimbabwe University as a Xitsonga (Shangaan) lecturer. He is also coordinating the Xitsonga Section in same Department, under the Simon Muzenda School ofArts, Culture and Heritage Studies. He is interested in onomastic studies, sociolinguistics and literature.Alice Makamais a Zimbabwean woman living with albinism. She is an undergraduate student at Great Zimbabwe University where she is studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in History. As an upcoming historian, she has a passion for research on issues pertaining to disadvantaged sections of the population with particular focus on human rights, uneven development and subaltern livelihood dynamics in Zimbabwe since the pre-colonial period. Clement Chipenda is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the South African Research Chair Initiative - Chair in Social Policy, College of Graduate Studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He holds a Master of Science in Development Studies and Bachelor of
Science Honours in Sociology, attained at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and University of Zimbabwe (UZ) respectively. Having worked for the Government of Zimbabwe and several NGOs, he has accumulated wide hands-on community practice and experience in research and publication in social policy, human rights and development. He is widely published in journals and books in pursuit of empirically-informed development practice. Dolphin Mabale obtained her Master of Arts degree in Anthropology at the University of Venda. She also graduated with the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts specialising in Heritage Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her specialist areas are Anthropology and Heritage Studies, with focal areas in Public Culture, Politics of Identity, and Sacred Landscape Heritage and Memory. Ms. Mabale is currently employed by her alma mater the University of Venda as a lecturer in Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Archaeology, and African Studies at the E’skia Mphahlele Centre for African Studies since 2008. As an emerging researcher, Ms Mabale has presented papers at conferences, and has recently co-published a chapter with Dr Artwell Nhemachena titled “Conjugating Materialities and Symbols in Contemporary Africa? The Case of the Statue of King Nghunghunyani, South Africa” in Decolonisation of Materialities or Materialisation of (Re-)Colonisation?Symbolisms, Languages, Ecocriticism and (Non) Representationalism in 21st Century Africa”, a volume that Dr Nhemachena co-edited in 2017. Costain Tandiis a Graduate teacher for Advanced level History and Sociology as well as Head of Department (Humanities) at Rufaro High School in Chatsworth, Zimbabwe. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Development Studies from Midlands State University; th Bachelor of Arts 4 year Honours Degree in History from Great Zimbabwe University; Bachelor of Arts General Degree from the University of Zimbabwe; Graduate Certificate in Education from Great Zimbabwe University; An Executive Certificate in Project and Program Monitoring and Evaluation from the University of Zimbabwe; and An Executive Certificate in Project Management from the University of Zimbabwe. Tandi has six publications and his