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Teaching Africa, presenting, representing and the importance of who is in the classroom

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Abstract

Teaching Africa within IR carries a responsibility to engage students with the power relations that dominate Africa's global position and 'western' knowledge of the continent. The key contribution of this paper is to highlight the significance of difference and power relations within the classroom not only when these are manifested in the identities present within the classroom, but also just as importantly when they are not. Disrupting students’ assumptions such as, that it is the western actors they align themselves with who will 'solve' Africa, may involve disempowering them in order to establish a different starting point.


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Author(s): Routley L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Politics

Year: 2016

Volume: 36

Issue: 4

Pages: 482-494

Print publication date: 01/11/2016

Online publication date: 03/05/2016

Acceptance date: 30/10/2015

Date deposited: 17/12/2015

ISSN (print): 0263-3957

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9256

Publisher: Wiley

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0263395715618414

DOI: 10.1177/0263395715618414


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