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Journal of African Perspectives

We seek to publish scholarship that goes beyond the research report stage of conveying scientific findings and providing recommendations. We are interested particularly in papers that inspire or propose radical, alternative paradigmatic shifts in the standard assumptions and methodologies involved in knowledge production about Africa. Utafiti is not bound by narrow confines of disciplines and its format does not follow the standard research report framework.


Emiel L. Eijdenberg

research and theory that form part of a larger whole” ( Rousseau and Fried 2001 : 1). In doing so, we could more adequately tackle important challenges, as discussed by Welter (2011) in terms of developing research designs. In this regard, this chapter 1 discusses a number of methodological challenges


Kezia Batisai

methodological standpoints core to analyses and conclusions arrived at in this chapter. Methodological Underpinnings Building on my PhD work that explored elderly women’s narratives of gender, nationhood, and the politics of belonging to colonial and post-colonial African countries ( Batisai, 2013 ), I have been


Nerhene Davis

of broader agrarian reform imperatives aimed at transforming the existing dualism in the South African agrarian structure. Methodological Approach The discussion in this chapter is based on the findings of a detailed case study of the Moletele partnership initiatives in South Africa, Limpopo

Henry J. Hunjo

order. The main task here is that of text analysis in order to arrive at an understanding of Gordimer as a text-producer and crusader for social change. Text analysis as an academic exercise requires the deployment of theory and methodology. Here, the analysis of No Time Like the Present has been

Tejumola Olaniyan

One of the most common obsessions – perhaps the defining one – of scholarly discourse on the African family is how it has been affected by change. Very often, serious research, theoretical and methodological challenges are side-tracked in the pursuit of showing how the African family had been in an ambiguously specified 'past', and how it is in an equally vaguely defined 'present'. It is as if the African family is worth studying only because it can be shown to be a receptacle for historical changes of all kinds. As a result, the rush is often to an analytical framework which privileges the so-called 'tradition / modernity' divide, in which whatever feature of the African family that is perceived as indigenous is labeled 'traditional', while everything else with an uncertain indigenous provenance is 'modern' or 'Western', a result of the colonial encounter. I have labelled this the anthropological approach to the African family. To be sure, this approach has its own uses, but its insights have been very limited. What distinguishes Femi Osofisan's dramatic intervention is a firm denial that the productive way to read the African family is necessarily to privilege its trajectory of change. Change, after all, is the fate of all social institutions. His plays propose social ethics as a more illuminating conceptual direction to follow.

Securing Wilderness Landscapes in South Africa

Nick Steele, Private Wildlife Conservancies and Saving Rhinos


Harry Wels

Private wildlife conservation is booming business in South Africa! Nick Steele stood at the cradle of this development in the politically turbulent 1970s and 1980s, by stimulating farmers in Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) to pool resources in order to restore wilderness landscapes, but at the same time improve their security situation in cooperative conservancy structures. His involvement in Operation Rhino in the 1960s and subsequent networks to save the rhino from extinction, brought him into controversial military (oriented) networks around the Western world. The author’s unique access to his private diaries paints a personal picture of this controversial conservationist.


José Luis Cabaço

work methodologies continue to be directed from and developed outside the country. Further, research is still being performed – or at least monitored – by foreign specialists who are hired for that purpose, or by consultancy agencies based in Mozambique. Thus, we are facing a market of services with an