Whose history counts : decolonising African pre-colonial historiography /

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Bibliographic Details
Edition:First edition.
Imprint:[Stellenbosch, South Africa] : African Sun Media, 2018.
Description:1 online resource (x, 213 pages) : illustrations.
Series:Rethinking Africa series
Rethinking Africa series.
Subject:Historiography -- Africa.
Historiography -- South Africa.
Learning and scholarship -- Africa -- History.
Learning and scholarship -- South Africa -- History.
Learning and scholarship.
South Africa.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/12354283
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Other authors / contributors:Bam, June, editor.
Ntsebeza, Lungisile, editor.
Zinn, Allan, editor.
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
Summary:"Originally planned as a fact-based book on the pre-colonial history of the Eastern Cape in the true tradition of history, this ground-breaking book focuses on epistemological and foundational questions about the writing of history and whose history counts. Whose History Counts challenges the very concept of "pre-colonial" and explores methodologies on researching and writing history. The reason for this dramatic change of focus is attributed in the introduction of the book to the student-led rebellion that erupted following the #RhodesMustFall campaign which started at the University of Cape Town on 9 March 2015. Key to the rebellion was the students' opposition to what they dubbed "colonial" education and a clamour for, among others, a "decolonised curriculum". This book is a direct response to this clarion call."--Publisher's description.
Other form:Print version: Whose history counts. First edition. [Stellenbosch, South Africa] : African Sun Media, 2018 9781928314110
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Section I. Decolonising historiography. Of definitions and naming: "I am the earth itself. God made me a chief on the very first day of creation."
  • Language as source of revitalisation and reclamation of indigenous epistemologies: contesting assumptions and re-imagining women identities in (African) Xhosa society
  • The missing idiom of African historiography: African historical writing in Walter Rubusana's Zemk'inkomo Magwalandini
  • Repositioning umakhulu as an institution of knowledge: beyond 'biologism' towards umakhulu as the body of indigenous knowledge
  • The long southern African past: enfolded time and the challenges of archive
  • Section II. The challenges of praxis. The study of earlier African societies before colonial contact in the former Xhalanga magisterial district, Eastern Cape: a case study of three villages in the district
  • The home of legends project: the potential and challenges of using heritage sites to tell the pre-colonial stories of the Eastern Cape
  • Considerations towards establishing equitable stakeholder partnerships for transformation in higher education in South Africa: A review of the challenges, constraints and possibilities in working on pre-colonial history
  • Allegorical critiques and national narratives: mapungubwe in South African history education
  • Conclusion.