Knowledge Production, Ownership and the Power of Definition: Perspectives on and from Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Henning Melber
Part of the EADI Global Development Series book series (EADI)


The chapter engages with challenges facing genuine research collaboration and knowledge production in a North–South interaction with particular reference to Development Studies. It maps asymmetries in scholarly interaction generally and examines African realities specifically. Partnership limitations are critically explored by identifying some structural legacies resulting from centuries of Northern hegemony established in all spheres related to global affairs and interactions. It presents some thoughts on how these limitations might be reduced or eliminated in favour of a truly joint effort to work towards equal relations and mutual respect—also as an integral part of EADI’s agenda for Development Studies to contribute towards global partnerships. Special attention is given to the variety of views from within the African continent and African scholars elsewhere engaged in related debates.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henning Melber
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  1. 1.Department of Political SciencesUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Centre for Africa StudiesUniversity of the Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa
  3. 3.Institute for Commonwealth Studies/Centre for Advanced StudyUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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