The review of African studies faces calls to retract a recent article by two white Africanists who promote "self -ethnography" or an investigation that incorporates personal experiences themselves.
"We are amazed at that document, which presents, which presents irresponsible and unusual methods of collection of data in African communities in the name of decolonization, approved by the editorial and peer review and was published," he says An open letter to the magazine written by Seven Scholars of African Heritage and signed by approximately 1,000 supporters, mainly academics. “This document is written for a global northern audience while deleting and appropriates African erudition and reduces African peoples to native informants. Odious tropes propaga that have affected the field of African studies both through methodology and pedagogy and the 'Savior del Blanco' and 'borderism' ".
beyond retraction, Letters writers want to know why the article was the article published in the first place: “We are concerned what this means for African studies as a field if such a 'decolonial scholarship is rewarded.” This, again, points to a process of a process of Defective paid review that does not deliver the rigor that should. The differential treatment raises the question: 'Who are our "pairs" in the revision of peers?' "
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"Key word of African studies: self-ethnography", the article in question was written by Katrina Daly Thompson, Evjue-Professor of Bascom of the Humanities and professor of African cultural studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and Kathryn Mara, postdoctoral member in African cultural studies in Madison. Both authors identify themselves as white women and argue against a tradition, or at least one aspiration, among many Africanists of "detachment" and "objectivity."
Definition of autoetography throughout the article as a methodology that "highlights personal experience both during research and in writing about it,” says the authors now is the time for more Africanists to include or centers Personal experience in their work. Thompson and Mara even suggest that this can help advance the widest objective of "decolonizing" African studies, saying now is "the right time to examine what role could subjectivity and self -reflexivity play to achieve That end. " to take advantage of your personal experiences and insider knowledge. "googetag.cmd.push (function () Googetag.display (" dfp-ad-article_in_article ");););););););););););););););); However,
Thompson does not limit the use of autoetography to Afro Africanists, and explain how they came to hug him after meeting and marrying a man from Zanzibari and becoming Islam:
later that year that year that year , my experience in receiving premarital instruction of women Zanzibari launched me to new research on how Swahili women speak and teach each other to speak, Islamic marriage. Almost at the same time, an anthropologist was investigating converts, and interviewed me about how I learned about my new religion. An ethnographer based on the arts itself, encouraged me not to limit myself to the experiences of the women of Zanzibari, but also to incorporate mine, suggesting some readings about autoetographic methods.
While she talks to Swahili women about her private lives and registering the intimate advice they gave to the new brides, I made two realizations that
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