End of Arrogance: Africa and the West

by Helmut Danner


What determines the African social structure? What does this mean for the ethical orientation? Can the African Spirituality be considered to be metaphysical? Conversely, what are the foundations of the west that determine society, religion, politics and science? What do the mental and cultural differences mean for the relationship between Africa and the West? What impact do they specifically have on development cooperation? These are some of the questions Danner attempts to grapple with in End of Arrogance: Africa and the West - Understanding their differences. A critical and honest observer will often notice a subtle condescension by Westerners towards Africans and resentment on the part of Africans towards the West. Where does this tensed and unfortunate relationship originate from? There are two essential reasons: Africa and the West have a common history that can neither be forgotten nor forgiven by Africans - contempt, subjugation, and exploitation through slave trade, missionary, and colonization. Both have never been able to appreciate or understand the cultural and mental orientation of each other. An approach of mutual understanding - contrary to quantitative measuring - might help counter the arrogance of the West and the distrust by Africans.
ISBN: 9789966258380 SKU: 2020208001141
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