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Deconstruction and the PostcolonialAt the Limits of Theory$
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Michael Syrotinski

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310560

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312922

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Reprendre: Mudimbe's deconstructions

Reprendre: Mudimbe's deconstructions

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(p.82) Chapter 5 Reprendre: Mudimbe's deconstructions
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Deconstruction and the Postcolonial
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846312922.006

This chapter examines the work of V. Y. Mudimbe, whose immense project of ‘decolonizing’ Africa and Africanist discourses is consistently described as ‘deconstructionist’. It considers Mudimbe's notion of reprendre, or ‘taking up again’, in light of his own rather complex relationship with Western theory, and in particular, that of Foucault.

Keywords:   deconstructionist, African discourse, Africanist discourse, decolonization, Western theory, Foucault

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