Thursday, June 26, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Why are strongmen still revered in African politics? Well, my question is can our traditional institutions provide us with answers to this question? My answer is, of course, yes! The Chinese have managed, in a way, to do this. We need to add the African characteristics to our politics and development agenda. As it stands now, we are so busy trying to produce flocks of 'westernized societies' inside Africa.
My thesis is part of the reason we have failed is the implicit resistance by our people. They are Africans through and through, they won't budge at our attempt to Europeanize them. Note that Europeanization is NOT modernization. I can argue that few among our elites know this!
Yours is a critique of the classic theory of modernization, which I also share. The theory essentially attempts to Europeanize/westernize the rest of the world in a one-size-fits-all style without paying attention to cultural and historical contexts of societies. It is ridiculous, the thought of it.
I am talking about this aware of the proposition that there are 'multiple modernities'- meaning there is no single model of modernization.
I also do not believe in the traditional-modern dichotomy. I believe that modernization is cyclic, not revolutionary. As such, traditional elements are an integral part of modernity. They mingle.
The idea of going back to the drawing board i.e the past/tradition does not mean we go there and stay there! The traditional is a frame of reference from which we abandon the bad, cherish the good and transmit it to our generation, and use it to respond to the challenges of our times.
Saying we can't mordenize the traditional is to dismiss it's fluidity and development. You are deductively assuming that the traditional is static, a fallacious era already committed by Western proponents of the classic theory of modernization.
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