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Agones: The Constitution of a Practice

Tejumola Olaniyan

in Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195094053
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855278 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195094053.003.0002
Agones: The Constitution of a Practice

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As elaborated earlier, there are three major contradicting and comprehensive types of discourse: Eurocentric, Afrocentric, and post-Afrocentric. The sociality and historicity of these concepts as actual practices in contestable settings are discussed. The chapter provides examples of activities showing any form of discrimination toward the black race, instances when researches utilized the thoughts of the Africans, and turning points that provoked the marginalized people to rise above their doubts. While each side offers ways for them to become widely acceptable, the claim of scientific inquiry, absolute truth, and credible prediction cannot be subsumed to only one discipline, orientation, or bias. It is asserted that an interdisciplinary approach and respect to others' perspectives, even if no general acceptance occurs, should be observed in order to locate the strengths of “others” and figure out how these discoveries can contribute to the betterment of one's standpoint.

Keywords: Eurocentric; Afrocentric; post-Afrocentric; sociality; interdisciplinary approach; orientation

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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