Journal Article — Historical Distortion and Human Degradation: The “Tribe” as a Eurocentric Mentality than African Reality — by Kavazeua Festus Ngaruka

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Abstract

The debate on the “tribe” (and “tribalism”) tends to be narrowly defined around the colonial and anthropological origins of the concept and/or in relation to the (derived) usage of these terms by Africans. In this article, the “tribe” is seen as an ideological construct of capitalist hierarchy and Eurocentric worldview as a whole, an instance of the dominant paradigm of social science, within which it has played a specific role.

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Ngaruka, Kavazeua Festus. 2007. “Historical Distortion and Human Degradation: The “Tribe” as a Eurocentric Mentality than African Reality.” Pp. 137-152 in Reflections on Fanon: The Violences of Colonialism and Racism, Inner and Global—Conversations with Frantz Fanon on the Meaning of Human Emancipation (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume V, Special Issue, 2007.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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