AFRICAN IDENTITY European Invention or Genuine African Character?

AFRICAN IDENTITY European Invention or Genuine African Character? 98 Nils E. Bloch-Hoell AFRICAN IDENTITY European Invention or Genuine African Character? , The quest for national identity and independence is one of the burning issues of our time. Oppressed national identity has created and still creates violence and war. Look to the Soviet Union, the Baltic states, and Yugoslavia, and indeed to a number of African countries. Personal identity is also an increasingly painful problem. Aliena- tion, Entfremdung as a consequence of rapid and drastic social change is not just an old-fashioned Marxist slogan from the last century Europe. Social changes, often caused by eruptive migration of national or regional groups and political refugees are today more dramatic and global than in any other part of the history of the humankind. No wonder, then that African identity is a relevant topic for Afri- cans as well as for alert people from other parts of the world. The literature on African history, religions and theology is enormous. A recent book on liberation theology in Tanzania and South Africa has an excellent list on African theology, but far from complete.' It is, however, my impression that it has been taken for granted that there is an African identity, without http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mission Studies Brill

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Brill
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© 1992 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0168-9789
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1573-3831
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10.1163/157338392X00081
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98 Nils E. Bloch-Hoell AFRICAN IDENTITY European Invention or Genuine African Character? , The quest for national identity and independence is one of the burning issues of our time. Oppressed national identity has created and still creates violence and war. Look to the Soviet Union, the Baltic states, and Yugoslavia, and indeed to a number of African countries. Personal identity is also an increasingly painful problem. Aliena- tion, Entfremdung as a consequence of rapid and drastic social change is not just an old-fashioned Marxist slogan from the last century Europe. Social changes, often caused by eruptive migration of national or regional groups and political refugees are today more dramatic and global than in any other part of the history of the humankind. No wonder, then that African identity is a relevant topic for Afri- cans as well as for alert people from other parts of the world. The literature on African history, religions and theology is enormous. A recent book on liberation theology in Tanzania and South Africa has an excellent list on African theology, but far from complete.' It is, however, my impression that it has been taken for granted that there is an African identity, without

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Mission StudiesBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1992

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