DECOLONISING THE HUMAN, reflections from Africa on difference and oppression

: Steyn (M.) & Mpofu (W.) eds.

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251pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2021


Contributions include:

"The Trouble with the Human" by William Mpofu and Melissa Steyn

"The Invention of Blackness on a World Scale" by Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni and Patricia Pinky Ndlovu

Being a Mineworker in Post-Apartheid South Africa: a decolonial perspective by Robert Maseko 


"Language as Being' in the Politics of Ngugi wa Thiong’o" by Brian Sibanda

"A Fragmented Humanity and Monologues: towards a diversal humanism" by Siphamandla Zondi

"Here is a fine articulation of the social and political constructions that have been central to the removal and disqualification of some human beings from the human family. It is an important and timely contribution to the field of decolonial studies, especially now when African scholars are grappling with the need to decolonise the space and the mind." Kezia Batisai, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Johannesburg.

Melissa Steyn holds the DST-NRF South African National Research Chair in Critical Diversity Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand and is Founding Director of the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies.

William Mpofu is a researcher at the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies and a founding member of the Africa Decolonial Research Network, a free alliance of scholars who research and write on decoloniality as a philosophy of liberation.