Unfolding Narratives of Ubuntu in Southern Africa

1st Edition

Julian Müller, John Eliastam, Sheila Trahar

Published July 26, 2018
Reference - 132 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138483095 - CAT# K349073
Series: Routledge Contemporary Africa

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Ubuntu is the African idea of personhood: persons depend on other persons in order to be. This is summarised in the expression: umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu, that is, a person is a person through persons.

This edited collection illustrates the power of fictionalised representation in reporting research conducted on Ubuntu in Southern Africa. The chapters insert the concept of Ubuntu within the broad intellectual debate of self and community, to demonstrate its intellectual and philosophical value and theoretical grounding in known practices emanating from the African continent, and indeed how it works to unsettle some of our received notions of the self.

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