In the name of of Allah the Merciful

Pan-Africanism and Psychology in Decolonial Times

Shose Kessi, Floretta Boonzaier, Babette Stephanie Gekeler, 3030893502, 9783030893507, 978-3030893507

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This book explores the potential of Pan-African thought in contributing to advancing psychological research, theory and practice. Euro/American mainstream psychology has historically served the interests of a dominant western paradigm. Contemporary trends in psychological work have emerged as a direct result of the impact of violent histories of slavery, genocide and colonisation. Hence, this book proposes that psychology, particularly in its social forms, as a discipline centered on the relationship between mind and society, is well-placed to produce the critical knowledge and tools for imagining and promoting a just and equitable world.

About the Authors
Chapter 1: Pan-Africanism and Psychology: Resistance, Liberation, and Decoloniality
Psychology and its Euro-American origins
The Social Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination
African (Black) Psychology
Liberation Psychology
Indigenous Psychologies
Feminist Psychologies
Psychology and Decoloniality
Overview of the Book
Chapter 2: Pan-Africanism: Histories, Synergies and Contradictions
Origins and Moments in the History of Pan-Africanism
Pan-Africanism and African Independence
Pan-Africanism and the Black Power Movement
Pan-Africanism and Black Power in South Africa
Women and Pan-Africanism
Pan-Africanism and Psychology
Pan-Africanism and the African Union
Chapter 3: National Identity, Xenophobic Violence and Pan-African Psychology
National Identity and the Creation of African Nation-States
The Postcolony, the Legacy of Territoriality and the Psychology of Identity and Belonging
Psychological Propaganda, Deculturalisation and Ethnocentrism in Post-independent Africa
Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa
Pan-Africanism, Collective Consciousness and Xenophobia
Chapter 4: African Feminisms, Pan-Africanism, and Psychology
African Feminisms
Women’s Participation in Liberation Struggles and Conflict Zones
A Case of the Guinea Bissau Liberation War
Women’s Political Participation Towards Pan-Africanism: The Case of Women’s Movements in Sudan
Pan-Africanist Feminism
Pan-African Feminist Advancements and Continuing Struggles
Women’s Political Participation
Feminist Knowledge Production
African Feminists Effecting change Through Law
Feminist Struggles That Have Used the Arts and Sport
Displacement, Migration and Gender Inequalities
Building Solidarity with Gender Non-conforming and Queer Communities
The Vision of a Pan-African Feminist Psychology
Chapter 5: Institutional Racism and the University in Africa: A Focus on South Africa
The Context of South African Universities
Transformation in Higher Education in South Africa
Institutional Racism
Institutional Racism in South African HWUs: A Focus on UCT
Representations of Blackness in Historically White Institutions (HWUs)
Culture and Aesthetics in HWUs
Blackness, Pan-Africanism, and Institutional Racism
Chapter 6: Methodologies, Ethics, and Critical Reflexive Practices for a Pan-African Psychology
The Construction of the Racialised and Gendered ‘Other’
Enduring and Persistent Epistemic Violence
Countering Epistemic Violence through Pan-African Psychology
Critical Reflexivity
Explicating the Politics of Research
Imagining ‘else-where’: Methodologies with Emancipatory Praxes
Participatory Action Research
Storytelling & Narrative Methodologies
Countering Disciplinary Decadence
Chapter 7: Towards a Pan-African Psychology of Restorative and Reparatory Justice
Apologies for Historical Injustice
The Case for Reparations
Restorative Justice: Truth and Reconciliation Commissions
Truth, Memory and Healing in Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and Rwanda
A Pan-African Approach to Restorative and Reparatory Justice
Chapter 8: Concluding Remarks: Can a Pan-African Psychology Address the Wounds of Slavery, Colonisation, and Apartheid?