A Scriptural Sculpture of Knowledges
188 Pages
English
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188 Pages
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This book is a scriptural sculpture of how the physical dimensions of the earth �built and natural � and antecedents of history structure knowledges and the physical containers � human and non-human � that embody those knowledges. The book deals with universalisms grounded on African experiences and perspectives. A key theme is how (in)security relates to knowledge creation by drawing a parallel between the proliferation of violent conflict in Africa and the marginal position that the continent occupies in the modern formation of knowledge. Also explored is the concept of creativity in relation to art and politics, as experienced by the black African elite. Bottlenecks to African creativity and the role of space and history in the production and reproduction of knowledge and ways of knowing are critically reviewed. The author makes a case for the existence of irreducible forms of knowledge existing in distinct laboratories and traces how particular biological and environment features interact with human cognition to form what passes for knowledge. He interrogates the variety of environment cognition in the light of an increasing homogenization of human cognition globally with a particular accent on climate change. This is a bold and legitimate voice on an important conversation.

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Published 26 July 2013
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A Scriptural Sculpture of Knowledges
Serge Ntamack
A Scriptural Sculpture of Knowledges Serge Ntamack
L 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 Langaagrp@gmail.comwww.langaa-rpcig.net Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective orders@africanbookscollective.com www.africanbookcollective.com ISBN: 9956-790-58-3 ©Serge Ntamack 2013
DISCLAIMER
All views expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Langaa RPCIG.
The inherited will of those we are betraying.
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Acknowledgements
I owe a huge intellectual debt to late Esseba A. Onesime and a lot of gratitude to his inherited will in regard to the completion of this work. Thank you, Elias Phaahla, for being there during the writing-process of this book.
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Table of Content
Introduction..............................................................................v 1. (In)Security and Knowledge Creation..........................1 1.1. Security and Insecurity.......................................................1 1.2. Absence of Security within Africa................................... 5 1.3. The Logic of Securitization and the Reproduction of Insecurity.....................................................................................12 1.4. Security-Knowledge Nexus...............................................18 2. Creativity and Recognition..............................................21 2.1. Linkage................................................................................. 21 2.2. Art and Politics................................................................... 22 2.3. Artistic Creativity................................................................26 2.4. Political Creativity...............................................................35 2.5. Defining and Identifying Some Types of Recognition.................................................................................41 2.6. Inside Recognition: Black Self-Self-Relationship and White Other Mediation.............................................................45 2.7. Failure of Political Emancipation and Specious Humanity.....................................................................................51 3. Space and Postcoloniality................................................57 3.1. Knowledge Space and Cognition.....................................57 3.2. Postcoloniality in the Classroom......................................62 3.3. The Scope of IR Classroom..............................................66 3.4. Inside the Informal Economy of Whiteness..................70 3.4.1. Being African and Becoming Black..............................70 3.4.2. Currencies of Racial Signs Underlying Self-Representation in IR Classroom..............................................76 vii
3.5. The Search for Knowledge and the Quest for Survival beyond IR Classroom................................................................78 3.5.1. The Strictures of IR Classroom.................................... 78 3.5.2. Incorporation of Black Elite’s Social Script................ 84 3.5.3. Black Elite’s Social Script...............................................88 3.5.4. Fluctuation in Black Elite Scriptural Model................ 91 3.5.5 Metaphysical Racism, Ethical Identity and Responsibility of the Black Self............................................... 98 4. Science and Knowing........................................................103 4.1. Memory and Theory.......................................................... 103 4.2. Cognition of the Physical Space of the Lab................... 104 4.3. Circulation and the Relevancy of Knowledge................106 5. Human and Environmental Cognition........................119 5.1. Thinking Globally, Thinking Through Numbers..........119 5.2. The Glocality of Climate Change.....................................125 5.2.1. The Problem of Climate Change Phenomena............ 127 5.2.2. The Problem of Ontologies of Climate Change Phenomena................................................................................. 140 5.2.3. The Problem of the Logics of Climate Change Phenomena................................................................................. 143Bibliography.............................................................................147
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