Sociology and Criminal Justice
School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development
This paper "reads" the scholarship of W. E. B. Du Bois and references East African history and historiography, including the broader pan-African tradition of which Du Bois was a leading member. Du Bois and his pan-African colleagues were often more accurate in their analyses and perception of biases and colonial myths than their Western counterparts. What is significant is that biases and myths that existed some fifty or more years before acknowledgement in the academy persist today, which raises important questions about the relationship between epistemology and identity, and between racial consciousness and the politics of academic production.
Benjamin, Jesse, "Reading Du Bois on East Africa: Epistemological Implications of Apartheid Constructions of Knowledge" (2014). Faculty Publications. 4099.