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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262535021

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262535021.001.0001

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Conclusion: Vatema as Intellectual Agents

Conclusion: Vatema as Intellectual Agents

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(p.317) Conclusion: Vatema as Intellectual Agents
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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262535021.003.0017

This concluding chapter returns to the question of munhu mutema as intellectual agent, reemphasizing that mhesvi is one venue in which ruzivo was applied, produced, and extended in different directions. It argues that the process of writing for and as munhu mutema is one of continuing rehumanization, and we should be clear that the Africanist—the one for whom Africa is an object and subject of study—is justified in seeing Africa from a different place. It insists that the Africanist understands that we all write from a particular analytical location, that no one viewing platform is more legitimate than another. We just need to understand its reasons for articulation and, as people of Africa variously located, to judge for ourselves whether it expresses us or something else entirely.

Keywords:   mhesvi, munhu mutema, intellectual agent, ruzivo, Africanist, Africa

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