The World Looks Like This from Here: Thoughts on African Psychology
Builds a compelling case for thinking and doing psychology differently in and for AfricaWhat does the world look like from Africa? What does it mean to think, feel, express without apology for being African? How does one teach society and children to be African--with full consciousness and pride? In institutions of learning, what would a textbook on African-centred psychology look like? How do researchers and practitioners engage in African social psychology, African-centred child development, African neuropsychology, or any area of psychology that situates African realities at the centre? Questions such as these are what Kopano Ratele grapples with in this lyrical, philosophical and poetic treatise on practising African psychology in a decolonised world view. Employing a style common in philosophy but rarely used in psychology, the book offers thoughts about the ideas, contestation, urgency and desire around a psychological praxis in Africa for Africans. While setting out a framework for researching, teaching and practicing African psychology, the book in part coaxes, in part commands and in part urges students of psychology, lecturers, researchers and therapists to reconsider and reach beyond their received notions of African psychology.
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About the Author
Kopano Ratele is Professor in the Institute of Social and Health Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and researcher in the South African Medical Research Council-UNISA Violence, Injury & Peace Research Unit. Most of his work focuses on the subject of men and masculinities in intersection with violence, race, income, sexuality, and culture. He is a regular guest on radio and television, co-hosting a radio programme, Cape Talk Dads.His books include There Was This Goat: Investigating the Truth Commission Testimony of Notrose Nobomvu Konile (with Antjie Krog and Nosisi Mpolweni, 2009), Liberating Masculinities (2016), Engaging Youth in Activism, Research and Pedagogical Praxis: Transnational and Intersectional Perspectives on Gender, Sex, and Race (co-edited with Jeff Hearn, Tammy Shefer, and Floretta Boonzaier, 2018).